Andrei Arshavin has apologised after being caught on camera criticising Russia’s fans.
In the aftermath of Russia’s shock defeat to Greece that sent them crashing out of Euro 2012, Arshavin became involved in a verbal exchange with journalists and supporters. The Arsenal forward suggested the Russian fans had been let down by their own expectations rather than the team’s failure to get out of the group.
Arshavin’s actions have caused quite a stir in Russia and he has moved to ease the tension by admitting that as captain of the side he should accept responsibility for their failure.
He said “The result has disappointed us and, of course, all our fans. We understand that.
“As team captain, on behalf of our players and myself, I would like to apologise for our performance and the result that we had.
“It’s not right to shy away. That’s why I’m saying something. I’ll do it only once and will not talk about this any further.”