Footballers Kokorin & Mamaev to be released from prison

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Aleksandr Kokorin (L) and Pavel Mamaev (R) © Sputnik / Ilya Pitalev

Russian football stars Aleksandr Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev were handed prison sentences after a Moscow court found them guilty of hooliganism in two assaults

The pair were jailed in May after being found guilty of hooliganism for attacking a trade ministry official with a chair and beating up a driver in October 2018.

Zenit St. Petersburg striker Kokorin was sentenced to 18 months in a general penal colony, while Krasnodar midfielder Mamaev was handed 17 months.

A court in Russia’s Belgorod has now ruled that they are eligible for early release following a successful appeal.

The punishment for hooliganism is a maximum penalty of seven years in jail, however the players will be freed later this month, lawyer Yuri Padalko told Russian news agency TASS.

Mamaev, 30, played for Krasnodar while Kokorin, 28, was a forward at Zenit St Petersburg; Padalko confirmed they would both return to playing football.

Kokorin has been capped by his country 48 times – he missed the 2018 World Cup through injury – while Mamaev has 15 caps.

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