Russia's captain Andrei Arshavin came under attack from the owner of his club Thursday after he had dismissed the national squad's poor Euro 2012 performance as a problem only for the fans.
"How can a citizen of Russia treat the honour of his country like that?" Gazprom deputy chairman Valery Golubev was quoted as saying by Interfax.
A company spokesman also appeared to rule out an immediate role for Arshavin -- currently on loan to Zenit from Arsenal -- in future commercials for the state-owned company.
"Arshavin is not taking any part in Gazprom advertising right now," spokesman Sergei Kuprianov was quoted as saying. Arshavin this year fronted a major advertising campaign for Gazprom.