Federation Internationale de Football Association charge Russia over fan racism during France friendly

Frederick Owens
April 17, 2018

After collecting evidence of the abuse, Fifa says "disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Russian Football Union for this incident". The said incident occurred when chants were aimed at French players when the two countries played an worldwide friendly in March.

World Cup tickets are being sold for nearly 40 times their face value - and football fans who buy them may be denied entry to the games, it has emerged. Russia, who will host the 2018 World Cup this summer, lost the home friendly 3-1 in St Petersburg.

A French photographer at pitch level for France's 3-1 win over Russian Federation in St Petersburg heard monkey chants directed at French players on several occasions, including when midfielder N'Golo Kante of Chelsea and Ousmane Dembele who plays as a forward for Barcelona as they came to the sideline for a throw-in.

It said: 'FIFA in cooperation with local authorities, including consumer protection agencies in numerous countries, continues to make efforts to identify and curb unauthorised ticket sales.

StubHub said it does not allow the resale of World Cup tickets but, due to a technical error, some were viewable on the site - though it claims they could not be bought.

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Russian Federation was previously charged with racist behaviour by its fans at the last two European Championships. On both occasions, the RFU paid a fine.

UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Zenit - whose Krestovsky Stadium hosted the global fixture - in March after racist chants were allegedly heard during a Europa League last-16 tie against RB Leipzig. The World Cup Final will be played at the renovated 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Zenit fans flew a banner praising convicted war criminal Ratko Mladic when playing a Macedonian club in November and are accused of using a racially charged term to mock an injured black player in a game against Leipzig.

"Unfortunately, World Cup tickets were, due to a technical error, viewable from (but not purchasable on) our United Kingdom site for a limited period but this was promptly fixed".

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