Russian football racism row

Christopher Samba Hak atas foto BBC World Service
Image caption The incident happened during a match between Dinamo Moscow and Anzhi Makhachkala.

A race row has broken out in Russian football after a banana was thrown at Congolese player Christopher Samba. It happened at the end of a game between Locomotive Moscow and Anzhi Makhachkala. Both clubs are now arguing over which set of fans were to blame.


Alex Capstick

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Christopher Samba signed for Anzhi Makhachkala last month from the English Premier side Blackburn Rovers.

A banana landed at his feet after the match against Locomotive Moscow. The player tossedit back into the crowd, for which it's been suggested he could face disciplinary action.

Meanwhile senior officials from the Moscow club have concluded that it was the visiting fans who were responsible for the incident. Anzhi responded by threatening legal action unless the allegations could be substantiated.

Locomotive fans have been seen racially abusing a player before. In 2010, they unveiled a banner displaying a banana, saying: "Thanks West Brom", after the English side had signed the Nigerian striker Peter Odemwingie from the club.

Domestic football in Russia has a reputation for racism. Shortly before the country won the right to stage the 2018 World Cup the Football Union said it was committed to tackling the issue.

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Signed for: menandatangani kontrak

Landed: mendarat

Tossed it: melemparkannya

Threatening: mengancam

Substantiated: diperkuat dengan bukti

Racially abusing: melecehkan seseorang atas dasar ras

Unveiled: membuka

To stage: menjadi tuan rumah

To tackling: mengatasi

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