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Russian Premier League

By ESPN Staff
Dec 8, 2014

Villas-Boas: Berbatov is extraordinary

Zenit St Petersburg boss Andre Villas-Boas praised AS Monaco's Dimitar Berbatov ahead of their Champions League encounter.

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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...

 By PA Sport

UEFA bars Crimean clubs from Russian competitions

UEFA has announced it will prohibit clubs in the disputed territory of the Crimea playing matches in the Russian league and its competitions.

Russia annexed the peninsular in March, following a controversial referendum in Crimea which backed breaking away from Ukraine.

European football's governing body has now said Crimea will be designated a "special zone'' until the political future of the Crimea is determined.

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino told a news conference in Nyon that the prohibition...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Hulk racism claim a misunderstanding, Russian referee chief says

Valentin Ivanov said Zenit agreed that the issue had been caused by the language barrier.

Russian referee chief Valentin Ivanov has said Hulk's accusation that he was racially abused by an official was a "misunderstanding" and declared the matter closed.

Brazil forward Hulk was quoted as telling Reuters Brazil that referee Alexei Matyunin had told him during Saturday's match against Mordovia Saransk: "I don't like you, along with any other black people."

Matyunin firmly denied the accusation and told Sport Express he would "check to see who is the source of the libel" before launching...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Referee denies Hulk's claims that he was racially targeted during match

Zenit striker Hulk says a referee racially targeted him during a match last weekend.

A Russian Premier League referee has denied claims by Zenit striker Hulk that he racially targeted the Brazilian during Saturday's match.

Hulk told Reuters Brazil that he touched referee Alexei Matyunin as they calmly discussed a game incident in the second half, and the referee said not to touch him.

Hulk says the referee told him: "I don't like you, along with any other black people."

Matyunin denied the claims, saying he was shocked that Hulk would say such a thing, and that he was prepared to...