World Cup Final Pitch Invaders Receive Punishment For Protest

Four members of Pussy Riot, the Russian punk and arts collective group who invaded the pitch in Moscow during the World Cup final between France and Croatia, have received their punishment.

Dressed as police officers, they made their way onto the Luzhniki Stadium turf during the second half - with one even getting a high-five from France hero Kylian Mbappe. Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren didn't take it well, though.

The whole thing was a protest as they called for political prisoners to be released amongst other things in a lengthy statement.

But the quartet, who are very much against Vladimir Putin's regime, have now been condemned for the actions, with all four sentenced to 15 days in prison following a court verdict on Monday.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Veronika Nikulshina, Olga Pakhtusova, Olga Kurachyova and Pyotr Verzilov are also unable to attend sporting events for the next three years after being found guilty of violating the law on behaviour of sports events spectators.

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