Anton Shunin injured by firecracker at Dynamo Moscow v Zenit
Dynamo Moscow goalkeeper Anton Shunin was injured by a firecracker in the latest bizarre incident to rock Russian football.
It is believed female Zenit St Petersburg supporters smuggled firecrackers into the stadium by wrapping them in condoms and pushing them inside their bodies.
Police arrested 53 Zenit fans and investigation is underway after the game was abandoned in the Russian capital.
Shocking: Anton Shunin was left lying in pain after being hit with a firecracker Fiery: The Zenit St Petersburg fans during the clash with Dynamo Moscow Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was left to rue ‘not an incident but a crime and furthermore a premeditated crime’.
He added: ‘There cannot be anarchy.
People need to be put in prison for this sort of thing.’ Stewards at the stadium confirmed they found ripped condoms in the women’s toilets.
Shunin required treatment to his eyes after suffering a chemical burn and injuries to his ear when the firecracker blew up.
Medvedev said it should be a priority to adopt new legislation aimed at preventing such violence from taking place.
Dazed and confused: Shunin (centre) required treatment And Russian Football Union chief Nikolai Tolstykh, who visited the stadium soon after the incident, said that a decision on the case would be taken in the near future.
‘We will collect all the reports and documents and analyse them to investigate this terrible case thoroughly,’ Tolstykh told ITAR-TASS.
Dynamo, who were leading 1-0 when the game was abandoned after 36 minutes, feel Zenit should be penalised with a technical defeat while the St Petersburg outfit insist the troublemakers were not true fans of the club.
They also blamed Dynamo for allowing allowing ‘any people from the street’ to buy tickets for the away end.
The reigning champions also threatened to boycott the national championship if the league find the Saint Petersburg club guilty.
A fourth-round Russia Cup tie between Dynamo and their local rivals Torpedo was called off in September when fans threw fireworks and smoke bombs on to the pitch.
Torpedo were thrown out of the competition with a technical 3-0 defeat in the match and were ordered to play their next three home matches behind closed doors.
Every incident raises further questions about Russia’s suitability as World Cup hosts in 2018.