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.
В связи с трагедией в Петербурге мы отказываемся от всяческой визуальной поддержки на матче. Первые 5 минут проведем в тишине… pic.twitter.com/PhrlmI1H6m
— Фратрия (@fratria) April 3, 2017
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.
ФК «Спартак-Москва» выражает глубокие соболезнования родным и близким погибших в результате сегодняшней трагедии в метро Санкт-Петербурга. pic.twitter.com/h3nZV3oLfy
— FC Spartak Moscow (@fcsm_official) April 3, 2017
ФК “Ростов” выражает соболезнования родным и близким погибших и пострадавшим при взрывах в Санкт-Петербурге… pic.twitter.com/Ek4WVLxjtD
— Football Club Rostov (@rostovfc) April 3, 2017
Zenit Football Club wish to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to all those affected by the explosions on the St. Petersburg Metro
— FC Zenit in English (@fczenit_en) April 3, 2017
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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