Spartak coach drops two players for critical social media ‘like’

Denis Glushakov will not be allowed to play against Rapid Wien because of his actions on social media. (AFP pic)

MOSCOW: Spartak Moscow coach Massimo Carrera dropped captain Denis Glushakov and defender Andrey Yeshchenko from the team ahead of a Europa League game for liking a social media video criticising the Italian, local media reported yesterday.

The two Russian internationals were accused of liking a video on Instagram posted by the famous actor Dmitry Nazarov, a long-time and passionate Spartak fan, which mocks the Spartak boss.

In the video Nazarov recited a poem which said that Carrera “is not our (Spartak) happiness” and questioned “how many disgraces do we (Spartak supporters) need to endure before our gratitude runs out?”

The club has not commented directly on the matter or offered any explanation as to why Glushakov and Yeshchenko were left out of the squad for today’s trip to face Austrian side Rapid Wien.

Carrera, who was appointed as Spartak coach in August 2016, led the Moscow club to the Russian Premier League title in 2017, their first national title since 2001.

But Spartak, who finished last season in third, failed to advance to the Champions League group stage this term as they were eliminated in the third qualifying round by Greek side PAOK.

Spartak are currently third in the Russian league table, five points adrift of leaders Zenit Saint Petersburg.