FK Moscow fans set to go on hunger strike

MOSCOW - FK Moscow fans are willing to go on hunger strike to protest against the club's pull out of the Russian Premier League after their main sponsor Norilsk Nickel withdrew its financing.

"We have 20 supporters ready to go on hunger strike this Saturday. It's our last chance to save our club," head of FK Moscow's fan club Vasily Petrakov was quoted as saying by local media on Thursday.

"We also plan to write an open letter to the country's leadership, asking them for help. So far, almost 1,000 people have already signed a petition."

Last week, Norilsk, the world's biggest nickel and palladium producer, said they would no longer finance the team because it is too far from the company's base in the Siberian city of Norilsk, 3,000 kilometres (1,850 miles) northeast of Moscow.