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FIFA questions RFU over Frimpong abuse

Russian Premier League


2015/2016 Season

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Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk: I blew kisses in response to racist abuse

Zenit St Petersburg star Hulk said he blew kisses at supporters during Saturday's game at Spartak Moscow due to racist abuse from the stands.

Hulk, 29, complained earlier this summer that he experienced racism in "almost every game" in Russia and he said his gesture in the final moments of Saturday's 2-2 draw at Spartak was his way of dealing with the abuse.

Hulk gestures towards the Spartak Moscow fans at the end of Zenit's 2-2 draw.

"Unfortunately, there is still the same situation with racism from the stands," the Brazil international said on the club's official website.


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Russian FA in denial over racism - Football Against Racism in Europe

The Russian Football Union (RFS) is in "denial" over the issue of racism according to anti-discrimination group Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE), and must take a tougher stance ahead of hosting the 2018 World Cup.

The RFS has come under criticism this week for imposing a two-match ban on FC Ufa's Ghanaian player Emmanuel Frimpong for his reaction to alleged racist abuse.

Spartak Moscow, whose fans were accused of taunting the former Arsenal midfielder, were not punished. Spartak were...

FIFA questions RFU over response to Emmanuel Frimpong abuse

Emmanuel Frimpong has criticised the RFU for failing to punish Spartak Moscow for their supporters' actions.

FIFA has asked the Russian Football Union (RFU) to explain why it banned FC Ufa midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong for two matches for his reaction to racism from Spartak Moscow fans while not punishing the alleged abusers' club.

In video from Friday's Russian Premier League game, Spartak fans could be heard racially taunting former Arsenal player Frimpong.

The Ghanaian made a gesture with his finger in response to the taunts, which saw him banned for two games, while Spartak escaped punishment over...

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Watford sign Jose Manuel Jurado from Spartak Moscow

Watford have signed attacking midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado from Spartak Moscow.

Jurado, 29, joins the Premier League side on a three-year contract.

The former Spain under-21 international came through the youth ranks at Real Madrid and later played for Atletico Madrid, Real Mallorca and Schalke before joining...

Spartak Moscow's crisis reaches historic nadir for Russia's biggest club

Under owner Leonid Fedun, Spartak Moscow are gradually fading into irrelevance in Russian football.

Imagine a Real Madrid fan being voted as Barcelona president. Imagine a Liverpool supporter taking over at Manchester United. Those situations might seem unthinkable, but a similar scenario became reality in Russia back in 2003, when Kiev-born Dynamo Kiev admirer Leonid Fedun bought Spartak Moscow.

The rivalry between Spartak and Dynamo was the most intense of the former Soviet Union. It was not only about the Russian capital versus the Ukrainian capital, but also about different footballing...