|© RIA Novosti. Maxim Bogodvid|
Figure skating champion Evgeni Plushenko has made a formal complaint to police of slander following Eurosport commentator Andrei Zhurankov ’s claims that he faked surgery on a recent injury.
Plushenko withdrew from the 2013 European championships in Zagreb last month because of injury after finishing sixth in the short program, and his coach Alexei Mishin said the skater had a back disc replacement at a clinic in Israel.
Andrei Zhurankov said on air that Plushenko had faked the surgery for public relations purposes. Plushenko told R-Sport the commentator’s claim was an “insult” and vowed to “fight for my honor and dignity.” Zhurankov said he stood by his comments and did not consider them slanderous.
An unsourced report in the Israeli media claimed Plushenko was not being operated on and insisted Mishin was lying to cover up failure in Zagreb.
Plushenko’s wife Yana Rudkovskaya called the report “shameful” and posted photographs on twitter of Plushenko lying in a hospital bed.
Here a reportage from the ospital in Israel where Plushenko underwent his surgery. You can read a translation of the interview here.