Zenit Takes Its Case to Court
Published: April 24, 2013 (Issue # 1756)
Zenit St. Petersburg will challenge the Russian Football Union in the sport’s highest court after a punishment for fan violence affected its league title bid.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it will hear the case on May 9, less than three weeks before the season ends.
The RFU ordered a 3-0 loss for Zenit in the match at Dinamo Moscow last November after home goalkeeper Anton Shunin was injured by a firecracker thrown from visiting fans.
The referee abandoned the match in the 36th minute with Zenit trailing 1-0.
Zenit pledged to appeal the “unfair penalty’’ to CAS, arguing that the Russian governing body did not prove that a Zenit fan was responsible.