ARTEM DZYUBA has been axed from Russia’s squad after a video allegedly showing him masturbating has been leaked online.
Video footage of a man, claimed to be the Zenit Saint Petersburg star, pleasuring himself in bed went viral on Saturday night.
Dzyuba shot into international fame at the 2018 World Cup when he scored three times to help his team reach the quarterfinals.
He was handed the captain’s armband after the tournament by manager Stanislav Cherchesov.
But Cherchesov confirmed the 32-year-old has been dropped following the video claims.
Russia will be without Dzyuba for the upcoming games against Moldolva, Turkey and Serbia.
He said: “The situation with Artem Dzyuba has nothing to do with the Russian national team from a sports point of view.
“Therefore, we see no need to give detailed evaluative comments on this matter.
“However, the coaching staff of the national team understands very well that the national team should prepare for the November matches with Moldova, Turkey and Serbia in conditions of maximum concentration and not be distracted by extraneous things.
“We have always emphasised that everyone, both on and off the football field, must correspond to the level and status of a player in the national team.