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FIFPro will pay close attention to the situation in Russia after a new incident in which a banana was thrown at a player. The worldwide professional footballers’ association expects Russian football federation president Sergey Fursenko to keep his word to investigate this case.

 

After Saturday’s match between Lokomotiv Moscow and Anzhi, a banana was thrown from the VIP seats in the stadium of Lokomotiv and landed near Christopher Samba, Anzhi’s Congolese player. This incident resembles two similar incidents this season involving Samba’s teammate Roberto Carlos.

 

‘The incident with Samba is simply outrageous’, FA president Fursenko told Russian news agency RIA Novosti. ‘I have sent the matter to the ethics committee, whose head Pavel Borodin has been informed of the need to examine this incident.’ Fursenko said that no date had been set for the committee to meet, and that it would also consider the cases involving Roberto Carlos.

 

FIFPro welcomes the words of president Fursenko. But FIFPro expects more than words. FIFPro expects actions to be taken to prevent incidents such as these from happening. Racism does not belong to football nor to society. FIFPro urges the Russian football authorities to initiate a campaign with its professional footballers in order to stamp out racism.

 

 

 

The Samba incident occurred just days after a Krylya Sovetov fan was arrested and released without charge for throwing a banana at Roberto Carlos in June 2011. The fan claimed he was frustrated with his team’s performance in the 3-0 defeat, and bore no malice against the Brazilian left-back.

 

At a ceremony before Roberto Carlos’ first game in Russia in March 2011, a Zenit St. Petersburg fan leaned over a railing offering him a peeled banana.

 

Zenit and Krylya Sovetov were fined $10,000 by the Russian Football Union for each of the incidents.

 

 

‘I'm very upset that such misconduct took place in view of children who were sitting on those very stands,’ Christopher Samba told Anzhi's official website.

 

‘It can serve as a bad example for them. I try not to think about racism. I just want to believe that such problems do not exist on a global basis. Maybe I am mistaken but I do want to believe in it. As a rule any scandal of this kind is a result of a misconduct committed by one silly person.’