In Summary
  • A court this month granted the footballers early release following their convictions in May for last year's attacks in Moscow.
  • Including time in pre-trial detention, they had served 11 months of their 17-18 month sentences for hooliganism.

MOSCOW

Russian footballers Pavel Mamaev and Alexander Kokorin were released on Tuesday after spending nearly a year in prison over a night of drunken assaults.

Russian state television showed Krasnodar midfielder Mamaev, 31, and Zenit Saint Petersburg forward Kokorin, 28, leave the prison where they were held in the south-western Belgorod region.

Russian news agencies reported that Zenit Saint Petersburg has already signed a new contract with Kokorin.

"We decided to conclude a contract with Kokorin to run to the end of the season," the club's general director Alexander Medvedev told the RIA Novosti news agency. The football season ends in May next year.

Wearing black hoodies, the pair rushed to a car while refusing to take questions from the media gathered outside the prison.

A court this month granted the footballers early release following their convictions in May for last year's attacks in Moscow.

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