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Russian soccer club fined over racist abuse by spectators

AFP, MOSCOW

Russian Premier League club Torpedo Moscow will have to play their next home match at a partially closed stadium after spectators racially abused Dynamo Moscow defender Christopher Samba.

“Torpedo will play their next home match with the western stand of their home stadium closed,” said Artur Grigoryants, the head of the disciplinary board of the Russia Football Union.

“In case of a repeated violation, the club will face more heavy sanctions,” Grigoryants said.

The Russia Football Union punished Torpedo, who won promotion into the top flight for the first time since 2006, after their fans abused Samba on Monday during a match that Dynamo won 3-1.

FINE

The club was also given a 360,000 rouble (US$9,400) fine.

Former Blackburn and Queens Park Rangers star Samba had asked not to play the second half of the derby because of the abuse being directed at him from the crowd at Ramenskoye Stadium.

Samba also complained to the referee about “monkey” chants coming from the Torpedo fans.

INJURY REPORT

After the match, Dynamo coach Stanislav Cherchesov said that he substituted Samba at halftime because of a calf injury.

However, the club’s deputy president, Gennady Soloviev, said later: “I can confirm Samba felt offended by the Torpedo fans and didn’t want to go on the pitch for the second half.”

“That is why he was replaced,” Soloviev said.

Samba was also the target of racial abuse last year when a banana was thrown in his direction when he was playing for former club, Anzhi Makhachkala.

PREVIOUS INCIDENT

Last year, Europe’s soccer ruling body UEFA ordered the partial closure of champion CSKA Moscow’s home venue following racist chants aimed at Manchester City’s Yaya Toure during a Champions League encounter.

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