Spartak Moscow said Tuesday that striker Welliton has won a defamation suit against CSKA Moscow director Roman Babaev over comments he made after the Brazilian caused the injury of CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.
Babaev was quoted as saying in several media outlets that Welliton, one of the league's leading players, should "walk the streets with great care," after he clattered into Akinfeev during a match in August.
Akinfeev and club officials were incensed by the challenge, which caused a knee injury that has kept him sidelined for months and led the Russian FA to ban Welliton for six matches. The ban was reduced on appeal to three matches.
Spartak coach Valery Karpin called Babaev's comments an attempt to incite violence against Welliton, and the club said in a website statement Tuesday that a Moscow court considered them to have defamed him.
"The Simonovsky District Court has fully satisfied the claims of the Spartak forward Welliton for compensating the pain and suffering over the slanderous comments leveled at him by CSKA general director Roman Babaev," the website said.
There was no word on the amount or type of compensation the club said was awarded.