The Grim Spectre of Racism in Russian Football

This story originally appeared on VICE Sports UK.

This week, former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong received a two-game ban for responding to racist monkey chants during a game against Spartak Moscow. Frimpong – who now plays for FC Ufa in the Russia Premier League – raised two fingers to the supporters in question and was subsequently sent off.

Let's go over that again: a man was racially abused, then banned for responding with a two-fingered gesture. What happened to the...

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