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‘This is bad for Russian football’, says Emmanuel Emenike. The 24-year old striker from Spartak Moscow was racially abused during Sunday’s match at Dynamo Moscow. Because the Nigerian player reacted to these provocations, he now faces action from the Russian Football Federation (RFS) ethics committee.

Dynamo and Spartak were drawn for fourth spot in the league before their encounter in Khimki Arena. On Sunday, Spartak beat their local rivals 3-1 thanks to goals from Brazilian player Ari and his Nigerian team mate Emenike, amongst others.

But Emenike did not enjoy the win.

Throughout the entire second half, Emenike had been the target of many Dynamo supporters, or so-called supporters. Whenever he had possession of the ball, he heard monkey chants from the stands. ‘It was crazy’, Emenike told FIFPro. And it became worse, he said. Every time he looked into the stands, people were screaming like mad men, giving him the finger and shouting ‘fuck you’ at him. ‘When I stood at the side of the pitch, they threw snowballs and all sorts of stuff at me. They hit me on the back of my head.’

‘Several players from Dynamo advised me to ignore them.’ Unfortunately Emenike lost control for a second and gave some of his hecklers the finger, giving the RFS ethics committee reason to investigate his behaviour. According to a statement published on the association's website, Emenike's actions violated the provisions of Russian FA regulations.

‘Next time I have to control myself’, Emenike continued. ‘Immediately after the game I apologized to the fans.’

‘It was the first time I have ever been confronted with racism. That was one of the reasons why I reacted. I did not expect this to happen in Moscow. I thought that the people in a big city like this would be smart and would welcome foreign players. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have any qualms with playing in Russia. My club treats me very well.’

Emenike added that there had been an incident on November 5th 2011, before Spartak’s previous visit to Dynamo. ‘My brother and a friend of mine were visiting me. They wanted to watch the game. When they tried to enter the stadium they were confronted by Dynamo fans heckling them and racially abusing them with monkey chants. My brother and friend did not watch that game in the stadium and they have not been to any of my matches since.’

Emenike was not the only one who had to suffer from the hecklers in the crowd on Sunday. In the closing minutes of the match they also directed monkey chants at his team mate Ari, who scored in injury time connecting on a cross from Emenike.

‘This is very bad for Russian football, especially after what happened to Christopher Samba last week’, Emenike refers to the incident in which a banana was thrown to Christopher Samba, the Congolese defender from FC Anzhi.

FIFPro is disgusted with the impudent behaviour of some of the so-called Dynamo fans. FIFPro regrets Emmanuel Emenike's emotional reaction, but also understands the player. FIFPro expects the RFS ethics committee to show sympathy for Emenike and drop charges against him.

FIFPro expects actions to be taken to prevent incidents such as these from happening. There is no place for racism in football or in society. FIFPro urges the Russian football authorities to initiate a campaign among its professional footballers to stamp out racism.