Gabonian Footballer Banned for Responding to Fans Racist Abuse

Gabonian footballer Guelor Kanga, 24, has been fined for responding to racist abuse during a game. Kanga plays for FC Rostov. (Futbolla.com)

Gabonian footballer Guelor Kanga, 24, has been fined for responding to racist abuse during a game. Kanga plays for FC Rostov. (Futbolla.com)

BBC Sports is reporting that Gabon midfielder Guelor Kanga, 24,  has been banned for three matches by the Russian Football Union for gesturing at fans who he claims racially abused him. The author writes:

“The FC Rostov player, 24, says he was targeted with monkey chants by Spartak Moscow fans during their Russian Premier League match on Thursday.

He responded with what the RFU ruled to be an ‘insulting gesture to fans’ and was also fined 50,000 rubles ($949 US).

Spartak have been fined for their fans ‘chanting insulting expressions’.

They received a 70,000 rubles ($1329 US) fine for the charge, which usually refers to swearing rather than the separate offense of racist chanting.”

A member of the disciplinary committee claims that he didn’t hear the monkey sounds, despite reports from Kanga and the referees.

Read more at BBC Sport.

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