Midweek kickoffs can draw smaller crowd numbers than weekend matches, for various reasons. One big issue is fans having to go to the stadium after work, sometimes directly from their place of employment.
Spartak Moscow is trying to combat that problem ahead of Wednesday’s 6:15 p.m. match against FC Krasnodar. A “memo” to Moscow employers from head coach Valery Karpin appeared on the Russian’s club’s website on Monday, asking that fans of the club be released from work early to allow them to attend the match.
In full, the memo reads (thanks to Google Translate and some common-sense modification):
I am the head coach of FC Spartak Moscow, Karpin VG. I ask you let your employees ___________ attend the Spartak-Krasnodar match.
I hereby certify that the game between Spartak and Krasnodar will take place on Sept. 25 at 18:15 at Lokomotiv Stadium, and that the presence of every fan at the match is important to the team!
The last sentence rings true: Spartak currently sits on top of the Russian Premier League, tied on 20 points with Zenit St. Petersburg and crosstown rival CSKA Moscow, all with identical records of six wins, two draws and one loss. Krasnodar is in fifth place, on 15 points.