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Zenit Saint Petersburg’s Branislav Ivanović cowers away from a flare during celebrations following their Russian Premier League title victory
(Image: Twitter/Российская Премьер-Лига)

VIDEO: Zenit Saint Petersburg’s Branislav Ivanović cowers away from flare after Russian Premier League title win

Visibly unsettled as he recoils from flame.

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Zenit Saint Petersburg defender Branislav Ivanović cowered away from a flare during celebrations following his team’s Russian Premier League title win.

Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Akhmat Grozny proved enough to clinch top spot with three games to spare as 2nd placed Lokomotiv Moscow later lost to Arsenal Tula.

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The Zenit squad learned of the decisive result while on a plane flying back to Saint Petersburg, where they then celebrated with supporters.

During the revelry, a number of flares were set off – much to the discomfort of former Chelsea man Ivanović.

«Кто чемпион?» ☺️#РПЛ #Зенит @zenit_spb pic.twitter.com/Zah63cpk6F

— Российская Премьер-Лига (@rfpl) May 4, 2019

He recoils in a manner that’s somewhat at odds with his reputation as a bruiser on the pitch.

The Serbian had great success during his time at Stamford Bridge, winning three Premier League titles, three FA Cups, a League Cup, a Champions League and a Europa League.