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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spartak Attacks OMON, Torpedo

Oleg Romantsev, Spartak Moscow's president and head coach, took to the press Thursday to lash out at the militsia and rivals Torpedo-Luzhniki for their treatment of Spartak fans.


In an open letter, published on the front page of Moskovsky Komsomolets, Romantsev accused special Interior Ministry forces, or OMON, of beating up young Spartak fans with rubber sticks during its last cup game against Avtomobilist in Noginsk, just outside Moscow.


"Gallant guys from 'spetsnaz' were hitting 14- and 15-year-old kids left and right. It was a miracle that no one was killed. The scene was reminiscent of the Luzhniki tragedy." he wrote.


In the November 1982 UEFA Cup match between Spartak and the Dutch club Haarlem, almost 360 people were crushed to death on the frozen steps of Luzhniki when stadium officials closed a number of exits for security reasons.


Romantsev also lambasted premier league rivals Torpedo for charging fans 50,000 rubles for the Torpedo-Spartak match last Wednesday.


"We were simply shocked to find out that Torpedo-Luzhniki football club asked such an exorbitant price for our match, something Spartak would never itself do," wrote Romantsev. "Still, Torpedo stadium owners spoiled the evening for thousands of fans, forcing them to watch the game in the dark."


Spartak's boss was referring to the total power failure at Torpedo stadium in the middle of the second half, which stopped the game for nearly 15 minutes.


Sergei Borisov, Luzhniki's press attache, said Thursday that Romantsev was simply doing it for the publicity.


"When Spartak played the Champions League matches at Luzhniki arena in 1995 they charged exactly the same price -- 50,000 rubles," he said. "Romantsev didn't say a word then, and, by the way, we're talking about 1995 prices. Now it would've been much more."


Neither Torpedo or Spartak has shown the generosity of Rotor Volgograd, which allowed fans into its first home game of the season for free.