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Spartak fined for fans’ monkey chants

by at 29/05/2013 17:04

Spartak Moscow have been fined 500,000 rubles ($15,900) by the Russian FA for racist chanting by their fans, while the victim of the abuse received a two-game ban for swearing at the supporters.

The sanctions relate to Spartak’s 2-0 win over Alania Vladikavkaz on Sunday, in which Alania’s Ivorian defender Dacosta Goore was sent off after six minutes for an obscene gesture at Spartak fans who racially abused him.

“For insults by the spectactors, imitation of the habits of a primate, toward the Alania FC player Dacosta for the reason of racial characteristics and the color of his skin, [Spartak are fined] 500,000 rubles,” Russian FA disciplinary commission chairman Artur Grigoryants said.

Goore has been banned for two top-flight games for the gesture, a sanction he is unlikely to serve since Alania have been relegated, and also fined 50,000 rubles ($1,590), the FA said in a website statement.

As well as the fine for the racist abuse, Spartak has been fined 200,000 rubles for firework-throwing by their fans and another 100,000 rubles for abuse of Alania coach Valery Gazzaev.

Sunday was the last day of the Russian Premier League season. Spartak secured fourth place and a spot in the Europa League, while Alania finished 16th and last.

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