Artem Dzyuba will not take part in the Russia squad after a video allegedly showing him masturbating has been leaked online.
Video footage of a man, claimed to be the Zenit Saint Petersburg star, pleasuring himself in bed went viral on Saturday night.
The 32-year-old became a national treasure at the 2018 World Cup when he scored three times to help his team reach the quarterfinals.
He was handed the captain’s armband after the tournament by manager Stanislav Cherchesov.
But Cherchesov confirmed Dzyuba has been dropped following the video claims thus Russia will be without him for the upcoming games against Moldolva, Turkey and Serbia.
He said: “The situation with Artem Dzyuba has nothing to do with the Russian national team from a sports point of view.
“Therefore, we see no need to give detailed evaluative comments on this matter.
“In this regard, today it was decided not to call Artem Dzyuba to the current training camp in order to protect both the team and the football player from excessive negativity and stress.
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