England fan issues apology for vandalising monument in Russia

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An England fan who vandalised a monument to Spartak Moscow's greatest player before last night's match has apologised via YouTube.

The supporter, identified as Rufus Hall, daubed the statue of former USSR midfielder Fyodor Cherenkov with writing saying 'England' in red letters before the match at the Spartak Stadium on Tuesday night.

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After the incident, Mr Hall had his picture shared by Russian Ultras with calls for reprisals and is expected to be charged with 'violating the rules of behavior of spectators during official sports competitions', according to Championat.com.

The fan has since issued a candid video apology for his actions on YouTube stating: 'I am so sorry, I feel embarrassed.

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'I love this country, for the two days I've been here your people have been welcoming,' Mr Hall added.

'We had lovely time. I would never disrespect the country.

Respect - History - Words - People

'I respect history, and have I known these words offend people I would never have done it, and I wholly apologise.'

Photos appeared online of the defaced statue before the match. Other England fans are said to have tried to wash away the graffiti, which left a red smear on the bronze statue.

Cherenkov - Spartak - Fans - Record - Appearance

Cherenkov, who died in 2014 aged just 55, is dear to Spartak fans as their record appearance holder and a player who came through the youth team to spend practically his whole career at the club.

The incident drew a furious response online.

Users - Twitter - Violence - Photo - Offender

Many users on Twitter threatened violence. One, responding to a photo shared of the alleged offender, wrote: 'Beat him. It's an order.' Another said darkly: 'We are waiting in Samara.'

It was unclear if he had been punished by Russian police over the incident, but they would have had the power to detain him for up to 15 days, or fine him, or impose up to 160 hours hard labour.

Statement - 'Police

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