- © RIA Novosti. Alexander Wilf
© RIA Novosti. Alexander Wilf
MOSCOW, February 18 (R-Sport) - Spartak Moscow owner Leonid Fedun denied Monday plans were afoot to paint the club's new home in the blue and white colors of bitter rivals Dynamo Moscow.
A report in Russia's Kommersant daily Monday claimed Spartak, who play in red and white, had agreed to the new paint job as part of an agreement with new sponsor the Otkritie financial firm, which has a blue and white corporate color scheme.
"The colors won't change. It's complete nonsense. The stadium is red and white and will stay that way," Fedun told R-Sport.
Otkritie director Alexei Karakhan confirmed an agreement with the club was to be signed Tuesday but did not provide any details.
Asked about the mooted repainting, he said: "We absolutely want our partnerships and cooperation to be as comfortable as possible for Spartak's fans."
The 44,000-seater Spartak stadium is to be one of the 12 host arenas for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. It had been set for completion this year, but Fedun said earlier this month the date had slipped to May 2014.
The Spartak stadium will also host matches at the 2017 Confederations Cup, a key World Cup test event.
A new station on Moscow's underground rail network is being built nearby to serve the stadium.
There was disruption at the construction site in November when bomb squad officers were called in to defuse a wartime aerial bomb found during excavation work. A month earlier, a builder died in a fall at the site.