Russian Premier League
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...
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...