Dzyuba speaks after clip of him lying on a bed masturbating was leaked

‘I am not perfect. We are all sinners… I can only blame myself’: Artem Dzyuba thanks fans for support and admits he was close to tears after leaked video of him lying on a bed masturbating led to him being dropped from Russia squad

  • Artem Dzyuba has spoken after leaked clip appeared to show him masturbating
  • Dzyuba was stripped of Zenit captaincy and dropped by the Russia national team
  • He has now posted clip admitting ‘I am not perfect’ and thanking fans for support
  • Dzyuba played at the weekend and was subjected to chants about the video 

Russia star Artem Dzyuba has thanked fans for their support after a leaked video emerged online of him masturbating topless on a bed.

The Zenit Saint Petersburg striker, who has since been dropped from both his role as club captain and from his place in the Russia squad, took to social media in the wake of the embarrassing incident.

He played for Zenit at the weekend, missing a penalty before going on to score in a 3-1 victory, before seemingly admitting that the man in the video was him.  

Artem Dzyuba appeared in a video online thanking fans for their support after his incident

Dzyuba cupped his ears to the stands after scoring for Zenit Saint Petersburg on Sunday

‘Congratulations everyone on a very important victory,’ he said in a new clip posted on social media, as reported by Russia Today. ‘It wasn’t the easiest match of my career. I almost couldn’t hold back my emotions in the car on the way home.

‘But I would like to say next, that I am not perfect, just like anyone else. I make mistakes. We’re all sinners, unfortunately. I can only blame myself. 

‘In such moments when practically everybody turns their back on you, I’m unbelievably thankful to those people who are with me and who showed me support in a difficult moment, my friends and loved ones, in such moments you find out who your friends are.

Dzyuba celebrated wildly after putting the embarrassing leaked video behind him on the pitch

The 32-year-old striker was dropped from the Russia national team after the video emerged

‘Even people who I don’t know have supported me, people in the stadium who celebrated wildly (when I scored). I thank you all, I’m so grateful, I will never forget that you were with me.’

It was not plain sailing for the 32-year-old in the stadium at the weekend as he was subjected to chants from large sections of the crowd, referencing the leaked video.

Some of the chants came from Zenit ultras group ‘Landscrona’, who issued a statement accusing the player of ‘narcissism’ and turning their back on him after the incident.  

Zenit beat Krasnodar 3-1 and Dzyuba’s team-mates rallied around him following his goal

‘I’m not perfect and have never banked on that,’ Dzyuba’s apology continued. ‘On the whole I hope I can live my life well, and be a good person no matter what. No one has ever stepped up and not made a mistake. Thank you to all the famous faces who supported me, I’m really thankful to you honestly. 

‘I’m trying to contain myself so as not to be a show-off, that’s not what I’m about. Thanks especially to my teammates, we rallied together and showed everyone that we are really a team.

‘Thank you to the world for these lessons which are very painful and harsh for me, but I’ve only myself to blame. I will try my hardest not to break, despite today being extremely difficult. All the best and goodbye.’




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