Russian national team footballers Pavel Mamaev and Alexander Kokorin’s behavior at a party in Monaco, where they allegedly spent 250,000 euros on champagne, was a manifestation of "vain disgrace," presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on July 6.
Life.ru news portal reported on July 5 that Kokorin and Mamaev were partying at Twiga club and ordered some 500 bottles of Armand de Brignac champagne costing 500 euros each. Life.ru quoted an eyewitness as saying that champagne was served while the Russian national anthem was playing and the party was accompanied with a fireworks display.
"Everyone heard about this incident including the Russian president," Peskov told journalists. "The incident was widely covered by media and received an enormous public response."
Peskov, however, called on media to be unbiased and "at first to find out whether this vain disgrace was paid by our footballers or by someone else."
"It is easy casting stones into someone without any proof," President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said. "We need to clearly understand whether that braggadocio was at their own expense or paid by their friends.
Peskov said that if it turned out that the party was paid by the footballers "God be the judge for them," adding that President Putin "is informed about the incident just like all the rest."
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