Poor weather reduced crowds at Moscow’s
Ed Ratnikov of TCI International, which co-books the bill with Istanbul-based
Although the July 29-30 crowds were about one-third down on average, Ratnikov was pleased that an event on the old military airfield had gone ahead without either a disaster or some interference from the regional bureaucracy.
The match had been relayed on huge screens scattered throughout Moscow. The result caused some spectators to go on a rampage, with the national media suggesting the “official” death toll of two was far below reality.
The following year, Krilya made world headlines when two female suicide bombers – believed to be Chechen nationalists – killed 18 and injured at least 60, according to the official figures released at the time.
– John Gammon