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UEFA Opens Disciplinary Probe Into Russian Player Over Putin T-Shirt

Lokomotiv player Dmitry Tarasov removed his team jersey at the end of the game against Fenerbahce in Istanbul, revealing a picture of Putin and the words: "The most polite president."
Lokomotiv player Dmitry Tarasov removed his team jersey at the end of the game against Fenerbahce in Istanbul, revealing a picture of Putin and the words: "The most polite president."

Europe’s soccer governing body says it has opened disciplinary proceedings against a Russian soccer player for wearing a T-shirt praising Russian President Vladimir Putin after a Europa League match in Turkey.

UEFA took the action a day after Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Dmitry Tarasov removed his team jersey at the end of the game against Fenerbahce in Istanbul on February 17, revealing a picture of Putin and the words: "The most polite president."

Diplomatic relations between Russia and Turkey soured after a Russian war plane was shot down by the Turkish Air Force last November.

"This is my president. I respect him and decided to show that I am ready to support him wherever I am. I wrote on this T-shirt everything that I wanted to say," Tarasov said after his side lost 2-0.

Lokomotiv described Tarasov's actions as "inexcusable" and said the player would be fined.

Russian sports news agency R-Sport quoted a UEFA source as saying that Tarasov could be banned for a minimum of 10 matches and that Lokomotiv may also face sanctions.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters

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