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Rostov

Russian league bans black player for responding to racism chants

Guelor Kanga battles for possession with Spartak Moscow's Patrick Ebert during Thursday's Russian Premier League match.

MOSCOW -- The Russian Football Union banned a club player for three matches on Friday for showing an offensive gesture to fans who racially abused him.

FC Rostov midfielder Guelor Kanga, from Gabon, was targeted with monkey chants by Spartak Moscow fans in the Russian Premier League on Thursday, and responded by showing them his middle finger.

In addition to a three-match ban, Kanga was fined 50,000 rubles ($930) for the "insulting gesture to fans," the RFU said.

Spartak was fined 70,000 rubles...

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FC Rostov coach Igor Gamula banned for five matches for racist comments

The Russian Football Union has handed FC Rostov coach Igor Gamula a five-match ban after he was found guilty of making racist comments, reports the BBC.

Gamula, 54, was disciplined on Wednesday after he reportedly told Russian media that the club had "enough dark-skinned players, we've got six of the things."

The coach has since apologised to his players but has written the incident off as a "joke," saying: "I have a great relationship with all the team's dark-skinned players. The British press just...

Tottenham rally to win in Cyprus

Roberto Soldado celebrates scoring Tottenham's equaliser on Thursday against AEL Limassol.

Tottenham came from behind to take a 2-1 win in the first leg of their Europa League qualifying play-off against AEL Limassol.

The hosts took a 14th minute lead through Adrian Sardinero and it held until 16 minutes from time, when Roberto Soldado levelled for the Londoners.

Harry Kane then struck the winner with 10 minutes to go.

Hull slipped to a 1-0 defeat away to Lokeren after Allan McGregor's mistake gifted Hans Vanaken an easy goal.

There was a surprise home defeat for Lyon, as Astra scored...

Spartak Moscow will replace FC Rostov

Russian Cup winners FC Rostov have been excluded from next season's Europa League for financial problems and Spartak Moscow will take their place, the Russian Football Union says.

Rostov qualified for Europe for the first time since 2000 with a surprise cup triumph. The football union blocked the club from taking the European place because it said Rostov had breached domestic licensing rules.

Nine-time Russian champion Spartak avoid missing out on European action for what would have been only the...