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04th Jul 2018

Fan detained by police after ‘England’ is painted onto Russian statue

Jack O'Toole

A fan has been detained by Russian police after vandalising a statue of former Spartak Moscow Fyodor Cherenkov

Cherenkov, a two-time Soviet footballer of the year winner, has a statue erected in his honour outside the Spartak stadium where England defeated Colombia on penalties to advance to the World Cup quarter-finals.

The word “England” was painted in red on to the chest of a statue of Cherenkov who died in 2014. reportedly of a brain tumor, aged 55.

Police did not identify the suspect, or specify a nationality, but said that an investigation was underway and “as a result of the measures taken by police, the individual who committed this act has been identified and detained.”

England defeated Colombia 4-3 on penalties after centre-back Yerry Mina cancelled out a second-half penalty from Harry Kane.