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Russia: St. Petersburg sweet shop makes caramel lollipops out of Sharapova’s face02:07

Russia: St. Petersburg sweet shop makes caramel lollipops out of Sharapova’s face

Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
March 17, 2016 at 21:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

A St. Petersburg confectioner showed off their new novelty product: hardened caramel in the form of tennis superstar Maria Sharapova's face, on Thursday.

Confectioner Igor Rubanov expressed his displeasure at the lack of support Sharapova received from sponsors following her failing of a drugs test. "We were outraged by the reaction of brands, which suspended cooperation with Sharapova until all the details are revealed. And we wanted to support Maria and released these candy canes with her portrait."

"We do not want to make money; we want to support Maria and the projects that she supported as a public person," stated Rubanov, who plans to sell the product for 50 roubles (€0.32, $0.37), half of which will be donated to funds supported by Sharapova.

On March 7, Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova announced that she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open. The 28-year-old said that she had been taking medicine 'Meldonium', which had been given to her by her family doctor over the past 10 years. On January this year the drug was added to the prohibited substances list, a change which Sharapova claimed to be unaware of. Following the revelations and Sharapova's subsequent suspension from playing tennis, several major brands such as Nike, TAG Heuer and Porshe have frozen their cooperation with the tennis player.

Russia: St. Petersburg sweet shop makes caramel lollipops out of Sharapova’s face02:07
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A St. Petersburg confectioner showed off their new novelty product: hardened caramel in the form of tennis superstar Maria Sharapova's face, on Thursday.

Confectioner Igor Rubanov expressed his displeasure at the lack of support Sharapova received from sponsors following her failing of a drugs test. "We were outraged by the reaction of brands, which suspended cooperation with Sharapova until all the details are revealed. And we wanted to support Maria and released these candy canes with her portrait."

"We do not want to make money; we want to support Maria and the projects that she supported as a public person," stated Rubanov, who plans to sell the product for 50 roubles (€0.32, $0.37), half of which will be donated to funds supported by Sharapova.

On March 7, Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova announced that she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open. The 28-year-old said that she had been taking medicine 'Meldonium', which had been given to her by her family doctor over the past 10 years. On January this year the drug was added to the prohibited substances list, a change which Sharapova claimed to be unaware of. Following the revelations and Sharapova's subsequent suspension from playing tennis, several major brands such as Nike, TAG Heuer and Porshe have frozen their cooperation with the tennis player.

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