Russian cops allegedly zapped player

Updated: June 19, 2011, 1:39 PM ET
Associated Press

MOSCOW -- A Russian soccer club accused riot police of zapping one of its players with an electric shock as he tried to throw his shirt into the stands during a league game.

Television footage shows shirtless Serbian striker Danko Lazovic being approached by police officers as he moved toward his team's fans in Saturday's road game at Volga Nizhny Novgorod.

Zenit St. Petersburg says Lazovic was given an electric shock that left a burn mark under his right shoulder blade. Police deny the accusation.

"I simply went to give my shirt to the fans after the game when a policeman appeared behind me and hit me in the back with an electric shock," Lazovic told the Sport Express newspaper. "I don't know why this happened. Maybe he thought I was one of the fans."


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