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FIFA questions RFU over Frimpong abuse

Russian Premier League


2015/2016 Season

3 Zenit 6 3 2 21
4 Spart Moscow 6 2 3 20
5 Rostov 5 3 3 18
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Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk: I blew kisses in response to racist abuse

A late goal from Artyom Dzyuba rescued a 2-2 draw for Zenit St. Petersburg against Spartak Moscow after goalkeeping errors looked set to condemn Zenit to defeat in the Russian Premier League

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 fined by Russian Football Union for racist banner

Only women and children will be able to attend the fan sector at Spartak Moscow's next two away games.

Spartak Moscow have been fined and their fans barred from two away games after the club lost their appeal against sanctions for a racist banner.

The Russian Football Union said Spartak fans displayed "a banner of discriminatory content with a racist symbol," specifically a Celtic cross, typically used in Russia as a symbol for white supremacist groups.

Spartak were fined 200,000 rubles ($3,700) over the incident, which took place during the team's 1-0 Russian Premier League loss to Arsenal Tula...