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Spartak fans banned for Hulk racist abuse

01 October 2014, 17:33

Moscow - Spartak Moscow will have to play their next Premier League away match with their fan sector closed after the club's supporters were penalised for having racially abused Zenit's Brazilian star Hulk at the weekend.

The decision was taken Wednesday after Russia's Football Union (RFU) disciplinary panel investigated the incident, which had been included in the report filed by the RFU delegate at the match.

"The RFU has ordered Spartak to play their next Premier League away match with their fan sector closed as a punishment for their fans' racial abuse of Zenit forward Hulk during the match at Saint Petersburg on the weekend," Artur Grigoryants, the head of the RFU disciplinary board, told the press.

"Some monkey chants aimed at Hulk have been heard from the Saint Petersburg's Petrovsky stadium stand, which was occupied by visiting club supporters.

"The incident was included in the report filed by the RFU delegate at the match. The acts of racial abuse were also recorded on video by local police."

Spartak will play their next Premiership match at Ural Yekaterinburg on October 19.

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Grigoryants added that Spartak will also have to pay a 450,000-rouble ($11,400) fine.

Saturday's match between the Premier League leaders Zenit and Spartak ended a goalless draw.

Hulk, quoted by the Sport Express daily, had claimed: "During Zenit's match with Spartak I heard monkey chants aimed at me.

"It wasn't just a single instance. A solid group of fans chanted at least twice during the match.

"I consider it to be an insult not only for me but also the club. It's an absolutely unacceptable practice and football authorities should consistently struggle against any kind of race hate."

Last week the RFU ordered another Moscow club, Torpedo, to play their next Premier League home match at a partially closed stadium after their fans racially abused Dynamo Moscow's black defender Christopher Samba.

Former Blackburn and QPR star Samba had asked not to play the second half of the derby because of the abuse from the crowd at Ramenskoye stadium.

Meanwhile, Samba has also been banned for two Russian Premier League matches for an insulting gesture towards Torpedo Moscow fans during the controversial match.

Europe's ruling body UEFA last year ordering the partial closure of champions CSKA Moscow's home venue following racist chants aimed at Manchester City's Yaya Toure during a Champions League tie.



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