"There was no clash with Claudinho. I have already apologized to him through Kovalenko, I was wrong, I hit him badly in the leg, I did not want to hurt him," the RT correspondent quoted Pinyaev as saying.

In the 63rd minute, the footballer received a yellow card for a foul on the midfielder of the St. Petersburg club.

The match ended with a score of 3:1. The match was held on a snow-covered field and was postponed to 17:00 Moscow time due to bad weather in the capital. Lokomotiv are seventh in the Russian Premier League (RPL) with 28 points. Zenit are in second place (33 points).

Earlier, Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Anton Miranchuk said that he had not yet thought about the situation with the contract.