UEFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Lokomotiv's Tarasov

Tarasov took off his strip in Istanbul to reveal a t-shirt with Putin

UEFA, the administrative body for association football in Europe, has opened disciplinary proceedings against Dmitry Tarasov, a player of FC Lokomotiv Moskva, who took off his strip after a UEFA Europa League round 32 match against Fenerbahce in Istanbul on FEb. 16 to reveal an undergarment with Russian President Vladimir Putin's picture on it.

The case will be considered on March 17, the UEFA press service reported.

Tarasov has been charged with improper conduct by revealing the undergarment.

"Players must not reveal undergarments that show political, religious, personal slogans, statements, or images," UEFA said, quoting FIFA's laws of the game.

Clause 7 of Article 14 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations says: "All forms of ideological, political and religious propaganda are forbidden." The regulations stipulate that a player committing the said offence may be disqualified for 10 matches or more. In the event of recidivism, Lokomotiv may be punished with one match behind closed doors and a fine of 50,000 euro.

"If the circumstances of the case require it, the competent disciplinary body may impose additional disciplinary measures on the member association or club responsible, such as the playing of one or more matches behind closed doors, a stadium closure, the forfeiting of a match, the deduction of points or disqualification from the competition," Clause 4 of Article 14 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations says.

Tarasov, 28, took off his official strip to reveal a t-shirt depicting Putin and the motto 'The Most Polite President' upon the end of game, in which Lokomotiv lost 0-2 to Fenerbahce.

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