Saint Petersburg police have arrested a Zenit fan who threatened to blow up the local office of the NTV Plus television channel.
The irate man called NTV headquarters in Moscow on November 23 not long before the kickoff of Zenit’s match against visitors from Cypriot side APOEL in the UEFA Champions League.
The football lover was outraged by the fact that the TV company which owns the broadcast rights to the Champions League in Russia did not show the game live on its free federal channel.
Instead, coverage was only available to viewers of the pay-to-view NTV Plus satellite channel.
At the end of the conversation, the fan promised to blow up the regional office of NTV Plus in Saint Petersburg.
The telephone terrorist was immediately detained under Article 207 of the Russian Criminal Code – intentionally providing false information concerning an act of terrorism.
The police have not revealed the man’s identity.
As for the match he was so keen to watch, it ended in a 0-0 draw and was marred by the thuggish behavior of Zenit supporters who disrupted play by setting off smoke bombs.
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