The battle of the Russian wrestler of the Greco-Roman style Emile Sharafetdinova with a rival of Georgia’s Zurab Datunashvili in the weight category up to 80 kg within the framework of the European Nations Cup in Romania ended in a mass brawl with the subsequent fraternization.
Towards the end of the fight, the Georgian wrestler punched a Russian in the face and provoked him to retaliatory action, after which the carpet ran from the fans and coaches rioted. VIDEO of the incident was posted on YouTube hosting.
The head coach of Russian national team on Greco-Roman wrestling Gogi koguashvili emphasizes that no fight between the Russian and Georgian wrestlers were not. He acknowledged that the athletes did not keep the heat of the moment emotions, but quickly thought better of it.
“I think the word “fight” in this situation, too inflated a word although the incident still took place, – said the coach TASS. – At some point, the heat of the moment athletes do not keep emotions, but quickly thought better of it. In a few minutes they already shook hands and fraternized with the carpet.”
In interview to Agency “R-Sport” koguashvili added that in the evening, both sides celebrated victory in Russian restaurant.
The President of Federation of wrestling of Russia (FSBR) Mikhail Mamiashvili also urged not to inflate the scandal of the incident between Russia and Georgia.
“There was no conflict, and nothing to inflate. We are all brothers, the emotions in the struggle at times overflowed, but after the fight all hugged and shook hands. Another five minutes apologizing to each other for the outburst. We are a very strong people and know how to handle the situation. The evening was already sitting at the table and raised a toast to each other. For Georgia and Russia and the friendship between our countries”, – he told “R-Sport”.
“We’ve been together a lifetime, and we still have a thousand years to go together. Georgians and Russian – brothers forever,” – said the head of the Federation.
The European Nations Cup ended with the victory of the Russian team, which in the final defeated the national team of Ukraine.