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Russian Premier League replace referee’s coin toss with game of rock, paper, scissors

A match in the Russian Premier League replaced the traditional referee’s coin toss with a game of rock, paper, scissors to decide which team kicked off.

This incident happened prior to Saturday’s match between FC Rostov and Krylya SOvetov in the Russian Premier League season on matchday 8.

Aleksandr Soldatenkov of Sovetov won kick off for his team after four attempts to find the winner. He chose scissors while Makism Olsipenko chose paper.

Sovetov won the match at Solidarnost Arena by a score of 4-2. They also scored three goals in the second half to take their third win of this season.



Krylya Sovetov and FC Rostov captains play rock, paper, scissors
The captains of Krylya Sovetov and FC Rostov played rock, paper, scissors to determine who would kick off their Russian Premier League match

Coin tosses were used in both of the other two matches played in the league on Saturday.

Rostov, who was in the Champions League just a few months ago, took the lead through Nikolay Comlichenko midway through the first-half before Sergey Pesyakov scored a goal that was disallowed at VAR.

Four minutes after Rostov’s video assistant prevented Rostov from doubling his lead, Sovetov was able to draw level. Bastos had put his own ball into his net.

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Krylya Sovetov and FC Rostov captains play rock, paper, scissors
Aleksandr Soldatenkov won kick off for Krylya Sovetov after four attempts

Second half goals from Silvije Begic, Maksum Glushenkov and Vladislav Sarveli delivered victory for the hosts, with Danil Glebov scoring a consolation for Rostov.

Rostov is now third in the table, with newly promoted Sovetov in 10th place.

Russian Premier League replace referee's coin toss with game of rock, paper, scissors
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