Football team fined for Chechen Kadyrov's outburst
MOSCOW - The Associated Press
In this Tuesday, March 8, 2011 file photo Chechen region president Ramzan Kadyrov, center, seen before a friendly game between Chechnya and Brazil in the stadium in Grozny, Russia. AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev, FileRussian football authorities have issued mild sanctions against the Terek Grozny team after its honorary president and biggest fan, Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, screamed at a referee over stadium loudspeakers.
The Football Union of Russia fined the club 100,000 rubles ($3,240) Wednesday for Kadyrov's outburst. Terek also has to pay another 100,000 rubles and play one home game at a neutral venue.
Kadyrov flew into a rage Sunday after referee Mikhail Vilkov sent off Terek captain Rizvan Utsiev for picking up two yellow cards in the match. The Chechen regional leader grabbed a microphone and shouted, "The ref's been bought off! You're an a..!" After the game, Kadyrov spent five minutes alone with Vilkov in the dressing room demanding an explanation while his security kept soccer officials out.