Andrei Arshavin, Russia international and Zenit St. Petersburg playmaker, is on the verge of a £15m move to Arsenal but some Russian polititians are not best pleased about it.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the "Liberal Democratic Party" of Russia, thinks Andy is wrong to sell himself to an English club. But why?
"England brings our country only harm. They have incited revolutionary feelings all over the world."
Nothing to do with sporting issues then. Of course, some may put forward a pot-kettle-black argument at this point, and they'd be right. I'd also be the first to admit my country's mistakes in the past though, however irrelevant they might be to this argument. But Vladimir's not finished with England yet:
"Our thieves run there and our fugitive oligarchs who took Russia's money hide themselves there. "
Abramovich anyone? Romanov? Gaydamak?
And of course Dmitry Piterman in Spain.
Vlad's got a final plea though:
"If you've had enough of playing for Zenit, there are a lot of other clubs like Spartak, CSKA, Dinamo, Lokomotiv. Think again Andryusha!"
Myself I'm also against the transfer. Why? A guy called Arshavin joining the Arse - it just sounds too silly.