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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Court Orders British Airways to Pay Bure for Missed Flight

A Moscow court has awarded former hockey player Pavel Bure more than 67,000 rubles ($2,600) in damages after British Airways prevented him from boarding a flight from Moscow to London.

The Tverskoi District Court ruled that the airline violated Bure's consumer rights and awarded him 67,000 rubles in compensation and the cost of an air ticket from Moscow to London.

Bure, 36, had been seeking 20 million rubles ($780,000) in damages over the incident, which happened in November.

Bure's lawyer, Dmitry Ragulin, said the airline pilot had mistaken his client for a football hooligan.

British Airways said three customers were removed from a Moscow to London flight in November to avoid possible disruption.

"Safety and security are of paramount importance to British Airways," the company said in the statement.

Ragulin said he was planning to appeal to seek a greater award.

"If the British airline violated the right of such a famous person, known throughout the world as the Russian Rocket, then what about ordinary mortals?" he said. "If David Beckham, the British idol, was thrown off a plane by a Russian airline, then what size compensation would he have gotten?"

Bure, who earned the nickname the Russian Rocket for his explosive speed, was forced to retire from the game following a serious knee injury in 2003. He won the Maurice Richard Trophy as the NHL's top goalscorer in 2000 and 2001.

British Airways was not represented at the hearing. A representative arrived after the start of the hearing and said the company's lawyer was ill and unable to attend.