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FK Torpedo Moscow

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Torpedo Moscow sanctioned for fans' racial abuse of Zenit striker Hulk

MOSCOW -- Torpedo Moscow will play two home games behind closed doors as punishment for its fans racially abusing Zenit St. Petersburg striker Hulk.

The Brazilian was taunted with monkey chants during Zenit's 1-1 draw with Torpedo on Sunday.

The Russian Football Union disciplinary commission ruled Hulk was targeted due to his "ethnicity and skin color," and handed Torpedo its third racism-related sanction of the season.

"Due to the offensive racial behaviour of the Torpedo fans towards Hulk we have...

Villas-Boas furious over racist taunts aimed at Brazilian striker Hulk

Zenit St Petersburg manager Andre Villas-Boas was incensed by the home fans' racial taunting of striker Hulk on Sunday.

Zenit St Petersburg manager Andre Villas-Boas has branded Torpedo Moscow fans a "disgrace'' after striker Hulk was allegedly subjected to racist taunts in their 1-1 draw away at the Saturn Stadium.

Sections of the Torpedo support allegedly directed monkey noises towards the Brazilian, who opened the scoring for the Russian Premier League leaders in the 35th minute.

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It is the latest racism incident to blight Russian football and Villas-Boas was furious.

He told his club's official website: "It's...

Torpedo Moscow banned 3 games for racial abuse

MOSCOW -- Torpedo Moscow have been ordered to close part of their stadium for three games by the Russian Football Union as punishment for their fans racially abusing opposition players.

Torpedo fans directed monkey chants at FC Rostov players during a 2-1 win in the Russian Premier League on Saturday, earning the club its second punishment for racism this season.

The ruling may not have much practical effect since Torpedo has posted attendances as low as 1,700.

Rostov coach Igor Gamula was banned...

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Dinamo Moscow's Christopher Samba banned for responding to racist abuse

Dinamo Moscow defender Christopher Samba has been banned for two matches by the Russian Football Union (RFU) after responding to racist abuse in a match against Torpedo Moscow.

Samba, 30, stuck his middle finger up to Torpedo fans on Sept. 22 before being substituted at half-time.

The RFU has said the former Queens Park Rangers and Blackburn centre-back's actions were an "unpleasant gesture" and that it had little option but to ban him.

"We took into account what happened on the pitch and that he...

Christopher Samba faces ban for response to Russia racist abuse

Congolese defender Christopher Samba faces a possible ban for his response to racist abuse in the Russian league.

The former Queens Park Rangers and Blackburn player was subjected to racist abuse by fans of Torpedo Moscow while playing for Dynamo Moscow on Sunday.

Samba was substituted at halftime in apparent distress at the abuse, but faces a Russian Football Union charge he displayed an "unpleasant gesture" to Torpedo fans. The RFU did not elaborate.

Ivorian defender Dacosta Goore was banned for...