Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Russian Footballer Wins Slander Case against Sports Commentator

One of the most notorious slander cases in Russian football reached a conclusion on Tuesday, with the country's top sports commentator ordered to pay damages to Zenit St. Petersburg goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev. Dmitry Guberniev, who calls games for state broadcaster Rossiya-2, claimed that Malafeev's wife was pursued by the police before a fatal car crash in March 2011. He also implied Malafeev was a poor substitute when national team goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was injured. A court outside Moscow ordered Guberniev, 38, to pay $2,500 in total damages.

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