For all of the criticism NFL players receive for their end zone celebrations, even they aren’t subjected to what Danko Lazovic of Russian Premier League team Zenit St. Petersburg was recently. After a victory by his team he walked over to the stands to give his shirt to a fan when he was promptly tasered in the back.
His team issued the following statement after the match:
He received a first- degree burn and electrical trauma
After the match Lazovic gave his account of what happened:
“I just went to give my jersey to the fans after the match when a police officer appeared behind me and tasered me in the back with his electric shocker. I don’t know why that happened. Maybe he thought that I was one of the fans.”
With Russia hosting the World Cup in 2018 this certainly doesn’t paint a good picture for the security that will be in place for the world’s largest sporting event. Zenit feels the same way and urged the Russian Football Union for assistance:
The incident “has an extremely negative effect on the image of Russian football”. FC Zenit asks the Russian Football Union and the Russian Football Premier League to take all measures to protect players and fans.
Also per the team’s website:
FC Zenit plans to submit a claim to the Public Prosecutor’s Office based on the violent treatment of the club’s players and fans and the police force exceeding its authority.
Preferential treatment for team/league stars clearly doesn’t exist in Russia as Lazovic is the league’s top scorer with 9 goals in 14 games. Zenit will take on Kuban Krasnodar later today looking to extend their lead at the top of the league. Lazovic is expected to play.