'Spit it out,' says president Putin

July 28, 2004
MOSCOW, July 28 (Reuters) - Russia's gum-chewing soccer team have been told to quit their habit and sing their national anthem, by president Vladimir Putin, officials said on Wednesday.

Putin telephoned Russian Olympic chief Leonid Tyagachyov during Euro 2004 and asked him to tell the players to sing the words to the anthem when it was played, Olympic Committee spokesman Gennady Shvets said on Wednesday.

Popular tabloid Zhizn said Tyagachyov passed on the message to soccer ...

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