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Zenit demoted captain Igor Denisov to the reserve team on Sunday after he refused to play, issuing an ultimatum to renegotiate his contract. Leading striker Alexander Kerzhakov was also demoted for “improper behaviour”, the club said.

“But fans also want to see world stars, not those who are on the wane but those who are at their peak.”

On Wednesday, St Petersburg communists got in on the act, asking Putin to save their club and replace Zenit’s Italian coach Luciano Spalletti with a taskmaster from North Korea.

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