Jailed footballer receives league medal

A international footballer who was recently criminally convicted will receive his first league winner's medal in prison. 
 
Aleksandr Kokorin was touted to be the poster boy for Russia after bursting onto the scene with Dynamo Moscow a decade ago.
 
Now 28, the disgraced football star was sentenced to prison for 18 months over an assault on a government official and has been in police custody for the past eight months.
 
However, the Zenit St Petersberg forward will bizarrely earn his first league medal after they secured the Premier League title this season.
 
The 48-time capped Russia international was listed on the title-winning squad list despite missing most of the campaign which has brought widespread criticism within local media.
 
Aleksandr Medvedev, Zenit's club president told Sport Express that Kokorin 'will receive it personally' as he is against the option of sending the medal to his family.
 
With just five appearances this season, Kokorin has played just 126 minutes of football across all comeptitions in Russia.
 
But the league ruling permits a title-winning team to award a medal to all 40 players on their official squad list irrespective of playing time, Sport Express pointed out.

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