A new book about Dmitri Shostakovich and his love of football reveals that the great composer was so passionate about the beautiful game that he passed his exams to gain a National Football Referee qualification.
Apart from putting him on the referees’ list, it also gave him free entry to all stadia in the Soviet Union.
DSCH supported Dynamo Leningrad. His Golden Age ballet was initially titled Dinamidia.
It’s hard to imagine he would have awarded that second-minute penalty against Spurs, right?