SIX RED CARDS! Zenit St Petersburg’s clash with Spartak Moscow erupts into a mass brawl

SIX RED CARDS! Zenit St Petersburg’s clash with Spartak Moscow erupts into a mass brawl with both teams fighting, resulting in six players not even on the pitch being sent off… and Zenit winning the match on penalties!

  • The hosts knock Spartak Moscow out of the Russian Cup after mass brawls
  • Six players given marching orders with order not restored for some time
  • Zenit St Petersburg won the drama-filled match 4-2 on penalties

Zenit St Petersburg’s Russia Cup match against Spartak Moscow descended into chaos as six players were sent off following a mass brawl in injury time at the end of the 90 minutes.

With the score 0-0, both sides appeared to have settled for a draw from the penalty spot.

When Spartak took a deep free-kick from inside their half, striker Quincy Promes and midfielder Wilmar Barrios collided shoulders and appeared to exchange a few words, but few would have expected the reaction of their team-mates as almost all staff, both playing and non-playing, piled in for a mass brawl on the field.

The referee unsuccessfully tried to intervene as the first punches and kicks began to rain down

Such scenes are an unwanted distraction from the game in progress, but perhaps some humor can be found in watching the referee chase individuals while handing out red card after red card.

The initial scuffle was escalated by Rodrigao Prado, number 55 for Zenit, who ran in and chose to kick his opposite numbers as the referee stood just meters away. He, amazingly enough, did not receive a red card for his role in the proceedings.

It was at this point that the referee, understandably, lost total control of the game and the players with everything dropped onto the pitch to try and get a taste of the action.

Such was the nature of the chaos that ensued on the field, both substitutes’ benches as well as a number of coaching staff members all choosing to get involved.

It is testament to the fact that the six red cards – handed out to three players from each side – were all awarded to non-technical players, including former Barcelona man Malcom.

It had originally started when Wilmar Barrios took issue with something Quincy Promes had done

It had originally started when Wilmar Barrios took issue with something Quincy Promes had done

This then turned into a huge brawl with a few apparently piling onto the pitch to get involved

This then turned into a huge brawl with a few apparently piling onto the pitch to get involved

The other players who received red cards were: Wílmar Barrios and Rodrigo (both Zenit) and Aleksandr Sobolev, Shamar Nicholson and Aleksandr Selikhov for the away team.

The close matches make identifying individuals rather tough work, with the referee on the day having earned his match fee to correctly identify players involved, let alone the tough job of restoring order on the pitch.

While many chose to pile into bodies on the floor, some did the sensible thing and tried to drag people under the boots of the players. At various intervals, it looks as if a player is going to be stepped on.

The players are clearly not the only party involved. Members of the coaching staff also appear to have enjoyed themselves during some of the games, while a man donning a suit and lanyard – signifiers, if ever there were, of significance at a football game – threw a series of punches after have been involved in the middle of the storm.

Order was eventually restored, with the benches cut by a number of bodies. Fortunately for both, there were enough players left for the penalty shootout.

Zenit sent their home supporters into raptures as they advanced, winning 4-2 on penalties.

The brawl was eventually stopped, but bad blood is likely to remain in place for some time

The brawl was eventually stopped, but bad blood is likely to remain in place for some time

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