Ghana­ian player banned for 2018 World Cup by host Rus­sia

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

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.

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