Key Anzhi staff suspended for aggression

Three FC Anzhi officials have been given punitive suspensions after trying to exert pressure on a referee and instigating a major brawl during the team’s encounter with Dynamo Moscow.

Anzhi head coach Gadzhi Gadzhiev was banned for four games, his assistant Arsen Akaev got a six-month suspension, while the club’s doctor, Magomed Magomaev will be out of football for six months. Dynamo Moscow manager Aleksandr Kiselev was also banned for four months.

On August 21, Anzhi beat the Muscovites 2-1, but the game will be remembered for the developments off the pitch.

Gadzhiev was filmed knocking out a referee locker room door during the interval, while Akaev and Magomedov attacked the Dynamo bench during the heated second half.

As for Akaev, his previous suspension for a similar incident, though conditional, ended a few days ago.

“Evidently a man having a conditional suspension must behave otherwise. It’s very sad he got involved in a similar incident,” said head of the Russian Football Union’s Disciplinary Committee Vladimir Katkov, adding that the current sanctions seem “adequate” to him.

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