We kick off this week’s look at eastern oddities with a touching video of an 8 year old boy who took to the field during Vadim Evseev’s, a six time Russian Premier League winner, testimonial match. The likes of Valery Karpin, Dmitri Loskov and Sergei Semak were all taking part, but it was the youngster who stole the show with his mazy run.
An age old problem.
The European Championships have brought about a series of obstacles which both host nations have been forced to overcome, however another has reared its head – and it is one that you would perhaps not expect to hit headlines.
According to Vasyl Poshtak, the head of department on combating human trafficking of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry ‘Tourists are coming with money, and girls from outside Kiev will try to be here. We are seeing a worsening of the criminal situation… We have drawn up a plan to carry out checks at hotels, night clubs, massage parlors and streets where prostitutes work … we will follow the situation… We will do our best, but this is like tilting at windmills.’
An unlikely ally
Upon winning the Romanian Cup, Dinamo București – who beat bitter city rivals Rapid 1-0 in the final – received a letter from Italian giants AC Milan congratulating the club on their achievements.
Riot! Riot! Riot!
Spartak Praha have been handed a heavy punishment for the actions of their fans on the final day of the Czech season. During the club’s match against Ceske Budejovice fans pelted the field with flares and projectiles while, in the wake of the final whistle, fans streamed onto the pitch in protest of Sparta’s sporting director Jaroslav Hrebik who they hold responsible for not winning the league title this season. The club stand to lose 3.8 million Koruna, while they will have to play their first two home games of next season behind closed doors.