Shevardnadze: Disruption of Russia-Georgia Football Match was Unintentional

Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze is inclined to believe that the electricity cuts at the Russia-Georgia football match on October 12th in Tbilisi "were unintentional". They were rather caused by technical malfunctions in the power system of the stadium, said Shevardnadze at a press conference on Monday.

However, he added that the final conclusions on the circumstances of the incident would be made only after the investigation by the Georgian State Security Ministry is completed. In parallel, the probe into the reasons of the event is conducted by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

On October 12th, several minutes before the first time of the elimination match of the European Cup-2004 between Russia and Georgia was over, the Lokomotiv stadium in Tbilisi was plunged into darkness. The score was 0:0. Since electricity could not be restored at the stadium for a long time, the match had to be cancelled.

According to the Georgian Football Federation, the disruption of the match cost the country $300,000.

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