Russian Premier League matches to pay tribute to those killed in St. Petersburg Metro blast

Russian Premier League matches to pay tribute to those killed in St. Petersburg Metro blast

Two Russian Football Premier League games on Monday night will pay tribute to the people killed in a bomb blast on the St. Petersburg Metro just hours before the matches are due to kick off.

On Monday afternoon, an explosion on a train traveling between St. Petersburg underground Metro stations Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut killed at least 10 people and left dozens injured.

Two fixtures in the Russian league are due to take place on Monday night: FC Rostov takes on neighbors FK Krasnodar in the ‘Southern Derby,’ and Spartak Moscow hosts Orenburg in the Russian capital just hours after the fatal explosion.

A minute’s silence will be held before both games in memory of those affected by the blast.

Fans of Spartak Moscow announced they will observe five minutes of silence and will not conduct any of their usual displays with banners and flags.

Fratria, a Spartak Moscow supporters group, announced the five minute period of silence on their Twitter page. 

Spartak’s official Twitter account posted a picture of a lone candle with the words: “Spartak Moscow expresses its deep condolences to the friends and relatives of those who died in today’s tragedy in the metro in St. Petersburg”.

Similar messages were posted on the FC Rostov account and the English-language account for Zenit St. Petersburg.

Commenting on the blast, Russian President Vladimir Putin said: “The causes of this event have not been determined yet, so it’s too early to talk about [possible causes]. The investigation will show. Certainly, we will consider all possibilities: common, criminal, but first of all of a terrorist nature.”

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