Fans racially abuse play­ers

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CSKA MOSCOW foot­ball fans chanted racist abuse at Arse­nal’s black play­ers dur­ing a Europa League match this week, a wit­ness said.

A pho­tog­ra­pher heard sup­port­ers on Thurs­day night make mon­key chants at Danny Wel­beck and Alex Iwobi.

The chants were also heard when Wel­beck cel­e­brated his 75th-minute goal, the pho­tog­ra­pher said. A third Arse­nal player who did not come off the sub­sti­tute’s bench was tar­geted with the same chants af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle, the wit­ness said.

Rus­sia faces in­creased scru­tiny over fan be­hav­iour ahead of the World Cup it hosts, start­ing in June.

Uefa said yes­ter­day that no racist be­hav­iour had been re­ported to it by match of­fi­cials at the game.

The foot­ball body has opened dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings against CSKA Moscow throw­ing ob­jects and set­ting off fire­works. The al­leged in­frac­tions were not con­nected to racist or dis­crim­i­na­tory be­hav­iour.

It said it took al­le­ga­tions of racist be­hav­iour very se­ri­ously and it would be grate­ful for au­dio or video ev­i­dence of any other in­ci­dent.

The Rus­sian Foot­ball Union de­clined to com­ment. Re­peated calls to a CSKA spokesper­son were un­suc­cess­ful and an email to the club was not an­swered.

Foot­ball gov­ern­ing bod­ies have taken ac­tion in re­sponse to racist and dis­crim­i­na­tory be­hav­iour at Rus­sian foot­ball grounds on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

Fifa said last month it was prob­ing racist abuse di­rected at French play­ers by Rus­sian fans dur­ing a preWorld Cup friendly in Saint Peters­burg. – Reuters

PIC­TURE:BHEKIKHAYA MABASO/ AFRICA NEWS AGENCY (ANA)

A woman takes part in the fu­neral pro­ces­sion for Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela.

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