Russian footballer divorced wife after ‘fake suicide prank’ but wants settlement

FC Rostov footballer Pavel Mamaev divorced his wife, Alana Mamaev, shortly after her 'prank suicide' stunt in a hotel room.

The Russian model accused the footballer of cheating on her during an FC Rostov pre-season camp in Marbella, Spain, with a Spanish mistress.

Reports emerged after their divorce that Alana had taken 40 sleeping tablets in a Moscow hotel room, saying she wanted to kill herself.

But the social media star later said it was a joke and that had been misunderstood.

Now in an interview, the ex-Russian international has opened up about his divorce, and how he wants the settlement.

"I really want to sign a settlement agreement with her," he told Match TV in a recent interview.

"Not because I am afraid or afraid of something. I just want this person to no longer to be present in my life."

The pair divorced in April.

"We divorced in April. We decided that we would get a divorce back in March.

"And during all this time, I have never regretted this decision. When we divorced, it was decided that the person did not touch me in any way, everyone lives their own life, and I help her in everything."

He finished the interview with a simple statement: "I want to play football, live with a new family and do what I love. I will not comment on this situation anymore."

However, the journalist who interviewed Mamaev has since resigned and released a statement.

"I received an editorial assignment: as I was told, Pavel wanted to give an interview specifically and only to me.

"I went to Rostov for an honest conversation with a football player. And he turned out to be an accomplice to a PR performance… I do not blame those who do this, but I was terribly uncomfortable.

"I do not delve into people's personal lives. I have never done this and I will not."

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Mamaev has previously spent time in prison after he was accused of attacking a government official in a brawl alongside Zenit's Aleksandr Kokorin.

Mamaev remains part of Rostov's squad, where he wants to focus on his football.

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