Saturday 20 January 2018

Torpedo fans banned

Torpedo Moscow will play two home games behind closed doors as punishment for its fans racially abusing Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk.

The Brazilian, who is black, was taunted with monkey chants during Zenit's 1-1 draw with Torpedo on Sunday. In response, Hulk blew a kiss at the stands.

The Russian Football Union disciplinary commission ruled Hulk was targeted due to his "ethnicity and skin color," and handed Torpedo its third racism-related sanction of the season.

The sanction is likely to cover Russian Premier League matches next month against Terek Grozny and defending champion CSKA Moscow.

The sanction only comes into force after Torpedo's home game on Sunday against Spartak Moscow, set to be one of its best-attended games of the season because Torpedo has been allowed to use Spartak's larger stadium.

It was the second time this season that Hulk has been racially abused in Russia. In September, Spartak Moscow fans were banned from one away league game because of monkey chants aimed at the Brazilian.

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