Hakim Ziyech Flies to Russia to Party With Quincy Promes Despite Drug Charges Against Him

Hakim Ziyech Flies to Russia to Party With Quincy Promes Despite Drug Charges Against Him

Martin Moses
June 6, 2023 at 8:34 AM
  • Hakim Ziyech shared a photo of himself and embattled star, Quincy Promes in Russia
  • Promes is facing prosecution over drug trafficking in the Netherlands
  • Ziyech is expected to leave Chelsea this year after an underwhelming spell in West London

Hakim Ziyech has chosen Russia as the first spot for his off-season holidays after a gruelling season that saw his club Chelsea perform dismally.

Ziyech is highly expected to leave the club this summer after being used sparingly by the last four managers who have been at the club.

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Quincy Promes and Hakim Ziyech during their Ajax days in 2019. Photo by Erwin Spek.
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He is among the players that new head coach, Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to move on. The Moroccan has not risen to the lofty expectations the club had when they signed him from Ajax in 2020.

His holiday destination is bound to raise some eyebrows, as he was pictured in Moscow alongside his former teammate at Ajax, Quincy Promes. Promes is currently under siege, with the winger facing charges of smuggling narcotics worth 65 million euros into the Netherlands, as reported by Dutch outlet NOS.

Promes shared a photo of him and Ziyech on his Instagram story. The Guardian's Pjotr Sauer reports that the two attended a party organised by Winline Betting firm.

Chelsea News adds that in as much as there is nothing wrong with Ziyech's trip, visiting a country that has been on the receiving end of criticism after its invasion of Ukraine may reflect a bad image, especially at a time when he is looking for new employees.

He came close to leaving Chelsea in January, but the club blocked his loan move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Details of Quincy Promes' charges

Sports Brief earlier reported that Promes is set to face legal proceedings for his alleged involvement in the smuggling of narcotics.

Promes is accused of trafficking 75 million euros worth of the banned substance in two batches, which were intercepted in Antwerp in 2020.

The 31-year-old's pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Monday, June 6. The reports add that if he does not come to the Netherlands, the case 'can be handled by the court without his presence, but with a lawyer authorized by him'.

Additionally, Promes is also facing a charge of aggravated assault following the emergence of new evidence relating to a stabbing incident.

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