Ghanaian player banned for 2018 World Cup by host Russia
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Soccer authorities in 2018 World Cup host Russia have imposed a two-match ban on a Ghanaian player who was sent off for his reaction to alleged racist abuse. Spartak Moscow, whose fans were accused of taunting FC Ufa midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, were not punished. The incident happened in the opening game of the Russian Premier League season on Friday. Frimpong gestured with a finger toward the Spartak stands in the 31st minute, for which the former Arsenal midfielder received a straight red card. Afterward, he said on Twitter that he had been “racially abused for the game that I love.” The Russian Football Union says Frimpong was banned for an “offensive gesture to spectators.” Spartak was fined 20,000 rubles ($350), but because objects were thrown onto the pitch.