Russian television commentator Aleksey Andronov told his viewers that he had been at many football matches in Russia and in Ukraine, “but such a quantity of crude language over 90 minutes” as happened last weekend, he had “never heard anywhere.” Why did this happen, is “difficult to say.”
But in words that will only raise the temperature of such conflicts, he suggested that “most likely this was a planned action,” even one that was “financed,” adding that “unfortunately, this is what is taking place in our country” now.” As a result, there is likely to be more of this.
What happened at this match and what has happened at others like it, Polonsky continues, “forces one to think about who precisely benefits from this especially given that all the enumerated violations of the law are documented and fixed by video cameras but there are no arrests or even the opening of criminal cases.”
Andronov agrees and asks rhetorically whether team managers should use “baseball bats” to keep their fans in line given that Russian laws are anything but perfect and in any case, “no one is rushing to observe them.”
Polonsky concludes with regret: “It turns out,” he says, “that our football is a reflection of what is taking place in our government.” The only thing that such conflicts among football fans seem to have achieved, he continues, is that “our supreme power” for a long time has preferred ice hockey – in which, although Polonsky doesn’t mention it, there are few non-Russian players.