Russia: Player charged after reacting to racism

Christopher Samba

Congolese defender Christopher Samba faces a possible ban for his response to racist abuse.
The former Queens Park Rangers and Blackburn player was subjected to racist abuse by fans of Torpedo Moscow while playing for Dynamo Moscow on Sunday.
Samba was substituted at halftime in apparent distress at the abuse, but faces a Russian Football Union charge he displayed an “unpleasant gesture” to Torpedo fans. The RFU did not elaborate.
Ivorian defender Dacosta Goore was banned for two games in Russia for a similar offence last year after showing his middle finger to fans following racist abuse.
RFU disciplinary committee chairman Artur Grigoryants told the R-Sport agency that the case will be heard on Saturday.
Torpedo was punished for the racist abuse on Thursday when the RFU ordered the closure of one stand for its next game.


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