Vladimir Putin: 'Most polite President' T-shirt sparks fury at soccer game

    Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Dmitri Tarasov could be in trouble with UEFA for his actions.

    Story highlights

    • Russian footballer reveals Putin shirt in match in Turkey
    • Lokomotiv Moscow's Dmitri Tarasov unveiled shirt after Fenerbahce loss
    • Tensions between Russia and Turkey have been running high
    • Tarasov may be in trouble for his actions with UEFA

    (CNN)Tensions were raised in a politically charged European football match when a Russian player removed his shirt to display an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin following a Europa League match in Istanbul.

    Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Dmitri Tarasov revealed the picture of Putin following his side's 2-0 defeat by Fenerbahce, with the Russian President depicted in a navy cap above the words: "The most polite President."
      "Polite people" was an expression used in Russia to describe the troops in unmarked uniforms who took control of Crimea during its annexation from Ukraine.
      After Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Turkish-Syrian border in November tensions have been high between the two nations. The Europa League round-of-32 first leg was the biggest sporting encounter involving teams of the two countries since relations had deteriorated.