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Russian club Torpedo Moscow on brink of financial collapse

MOSCOW -- Torpedo Moscow are on the brink of collapse after withdrawing from the Russian league because of financial problems.

Torpedo, a three-time champion in the Soviet era and winner of the Russian Cup, were relegated from the Russian Premier League last season and have not applied for a place in the second tier.

Long-running financial struggles meant the club's players went unpaid for much of last season.

Torpedo did not feature in a fixture list published on Tuesday for the second tier, and...

Torpedo Moscow gets stadium ban for Nazi symbol display

MOSCOW -- Russian Premier League team Torpedo Moscow must play two home games in an empty stadium after fans displayed a banner with a Nazi symbol, the club's fourth racism-related punishment this season.

Torpedo fans showed the flag during a 3-1 win over Arsenal Tula on Sunday, the Russian Football Union said.

The punishment will not take effect until May because Torpedo is already required to play its next two home games behind closed doors for a separate incident in which fans abused Zenit St....


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...