Figure skater Alina Zagitova threatened journalists.
The other day, the athlete attended the Kontinental Hockey League championship match between Ak Bars Kazan and Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Journalists took pictures of the stands with spectators. Zagitova also got into the footage, which made the skater very angry.
The game took place on October 7 in Kazan. The 19-year-old Olympic champion sits in one of the first rows of the stands, not far from the press. Photographers, together with the audience, watched the match and filmed the reaction of the fans. According to journalist Rustam Imamov, he and his colleagues did not set themselves the task of specifically catching the skater in the lens.
“Zagitova sat three rows below the press rostrum, right under the journalists. The press is filming the reaction of the stands to goals, the end of the match. Naturally, Alina also gets into the frame. She physically could not help but fall. There was no particular purpose to shoot her, the shooting was in general of the behavior of the tribune from a point of view convenient for the journalist. In principle, no one took pictures of her point-blank and in her face.“- explained the reporter.
However, Zagitova interpreted the situation differently and went to personally deal with the press. The skater considered that the journalists decided to take her pictures without asking, as they had previously received a categorical refusal from her. Alina was very angry, after the match she went to the press center, where she insistently demanded that all of her photos be removed.
Journalists did not expect such a wayward attack. Many were stunned by the skater’s rude statements and threats. Imamov believes that such a respected athlete should not behave so rudely. Her wish would have been fulfilled anyway, but she had to choose a more moderate tone.
“She demanded to delete all videos, asked about the purpose of the shooting, clarified who exactly filmed what and when. In general, no one was against the deletion, but any request can be made calmly and normally. Alina, on the other hand, clearly behaved differently than an Olympic champion should. Judge for yourself, the phrase “I’ll sue you, I have such connections!” was it relevant to this story?“- Imams addressed the public in his blog, quoted by sports.ru.