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Ex-Russia Captain Roman Shirokov Could Be Tried For Attempted Murder After Sickening Referee Attack

Ex-Russia Captain Roman Shirokov Could Be Tried For Attempted Murder After Sickening Referee Attack

Prosecutors for the referee attacked by ex-Russia captain Roman Shirokov want him to be tried for attempted murder, according to reports.

Shirokov attacked Nikita Danchenkov on August 10 after he refused to acknowledge a penalty claim during the 'Moscow Celebrity Cup.'

After being given a red card for verbal abuse, Shirokov struck Danchenko across the face and kicked him repeatedly while on the ground.

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Per RT.com, Danchenkov's lawyers think "intended infliction of harm to health" under Article 115 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation is too light of a sentence.

Instead, they want to seek a charge of attempted murder after the 24-year-old was left hospitalised for three weeks.

Eyewitnesses at the game have claimed Shirokov told the official, "If you show a red one, I'll give you," before making a gesture with his fist.

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The former Zenit man has since been suspended by MatchTV, the television station he worked for as a pundit.

Artur Petrosyan shared an image of Danchenko's face following the attack and he received a number of gashes around his eye.

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Danchenko also gave an update on his condition and revealed he spent four hours in hospital just having the wounds treated.

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"I spent four to four and a half hours in the hospital, then another 15-20 minutes in the emergency room," he explained. "They put stitches everywhere, did a bunch of examinations. And most importantly, everything seems to be fine with me.

"What does not kill you will make you stronger, as they say. Therefore, we continue to go further and continue to work.

"I want to thank everyone for the words of support, this is a difficult moment for me and my loved ones."

Shirokov posted a lengthy apology on social media and expressed his regret over the incident.

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Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

"I would like to express my sincere apologies to Nikita for such an inappropriate act committed by me," the 39-year-old begun.

"I am well aware that not assigning an obvious penalty and then the red card shown cannot be a reason for waving his hands, I hope Nikita as soon as possible will return to service.

"I also want to apologize to the organizers of the tournament, my teammates, Match TV and viewers."

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Despite the apology, Danchenko felt it was necessary to press charges.

Featured Image Credit: Vladislav Zimagulov/Twitter

Topics: Football News, Football, Russia

Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelance journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.