Tedesco brings ex-Russian prisoner to Spartak


Russian scandal professional Alexander Kokorin becomes a player under former Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco at Spartak Moscow. The club announced on Sunday.

In the capital, the 29-year-old striker receives a three-year contract plus an option. Kokorin was released from prison in September 2019 after almost a year and was loaned to Sochi by Zenit St. Petersburg in the past season.

The new season in Russia starts next weekend. Spartak will meet Kokorin’s former club Sochi on Sunday.

Kokorin, a participant in the 2014 World Cup and the 2012 and 2016 European Championship for Russia, together with his national team colleague Pavel Mamayev, attacked senior officials from the Russian Ministry of Commerce in October 2018. After seven months in pre-trial detention, both were sentenced to 18 and 17 months’ imprisonment in May 2019, and released four months later.


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