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World Cup hosts Russia charged over racist fan chanting

World Cup hosts Russia charged over racist fan chanting
By Eurosport

17/04/2018 at 11:38Updated 17/04/2018 at 12:04

FIFA have charged World Cup hosts Russia over racist chants by fans only two months before the finals begin.

FIFA had been collecting match reports and evidence pertaining to alleged monkey chants in France's 3-1 win over Russia in St Petersburg last month.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and Ousmane Dembele of Barcelona were among the visiting players apparently subjected to the abuse.

FIFA said in a statement that "disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Russian Football Union for this incident".

It is the third case involving racist behaviour at the St Petersburg Stadium this season, which is due to host a World Cup semi-final match on July 10.

Zenit St Petersburg have faced two charges of racism by fans in Europa League matches this season.

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