Terek Grozny officials were not pleased with the way the Russian Premier League referee handled Sunday's 0-0 draw against Rubin Kazan. This included the stadium announcer, who called the ref a "donkey" after captain Rizvan Utsyev was sent off in the second half. The initial outrage was one thing, but the hilariously childish apology that followed took it to another level.
Chechnya's strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who serves as Terek's honorary president, called FIFA referee Mikhail Vilkov a "sellout" after he sent off Rizvan Utsyev late in the game and continued the criticism in what was meant to be an apology.
"I want to apologise to the entire football world for my remarks but not to the referee," the Kremlin-backed Kadyrov said in comments posted on the internet.
"It was a terrible game because the referee was biased. He did everything possible to change the outcome of the match - didn't award a (clear) penalty and gave Utsyev a second yellow."
Vilkov was also insulted by the stadium announcer, who called the referee a donkey over the loudspeaker.
Terek will now face the Russian FA's disciplinary committee on Wednesday. If punishments are handed down, the club's representatives will likely put their fingers in their ears and say "we can't hear you" over and over again.
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