An unpleasant and disgraceful incident has struck the players and the fans around the globe for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
Russian football league was hit by a wave of racism on Friday, when Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong was racially abused by the spectators.
The 23-year-old Ghanaian professional was shown red card by the on-field referee in the 32nd minute, due to an offensive gesture to the Spartak fans. The athlete might face a ban of two – four games.
Frimpong played for FC Ufa against Spartak Moscow and the contest ended in a draw.
Frimpong said on Twitter that he had been “racially abused for the game that I love. Fantastic result to draw with Spartak and I am going to serve a sentence for being abused.”
Last year, two Russian clubs were penalized after their fans abused Hulk with monkey chants.
“It’s a disgrace,” Givanildo de Sousa or widely-known as Hulk, told the media on Monday.
“Racism can happen anywhere, in everyday life too, but it’s always very sad, it shouldn’t happen,” he added.
Hulk, 28-year-old Brazil forward, blasted the Russian fans for constant racism that is happening in almost every game. “I used to get angry but now I just blow kisses to the ones who try to offend him.”
After the recent incident, Frimpong was stunned by the ongoing issue of racism in Russian football; the country is just three years away from hosting the next World Cup.
In February, a report published by the anti-discrimination group FARE discovered more than 200 incidents of racism and discrimination associated to Russian football over just two league seasons.
Clearly, this matter is of great concern to the football authorities. The racist and abusive attitude of the fans needs to be addressed before it goes out of control and the culprits must be punished hard so that the others won’t be encouraged to indulge in such activities on and off the field.