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The ethics committee of the Russian Football Federation RFS sanctioned Emannuel Emenike for his actions during last Sunday’s match at Dynamo Moscow. The Spartak Moscow Nigerian striker made a ‘rude gesture’. 

This Friday, the ethics committee decided that Emenike had violated the Code of Ethics of the Russian football federation. He received a conditional suspension until the end of the season and was ordered to pay a 500,000 rubles fine (approximately 13,000 euro).

‘Once again, the Russian Federation shows its disdain for the players. We are very disappointed, to say the least’, says Nikolai Grammatikov, secretary general of the Russian professional footballers association PSFT and also member of FIFPro’s Task Force Eastern Europe in a reaction.

‘They only sanctioned the player. Why didn’t they take any actions against the club, as it was a very large section of the crowd that was involved in this incident? They did not even start an investigation into this matter.’

Throughout the entire second half of Spartak’s 3-1 win at Dynamo last Sunday, Emenike had been the target of many Dynamo supporters. Whenever he had possession of the ball, he heard monkey chants from the stands. 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’, Emenike told FIFPro earlier this week.

Emenike reacted to the provocations by giving some of his hecklers the finger. Therefore he was sanctioned.

FIFPro and the Russian footballers’ association PSFT had expected the Russian FA Ethics Committee to show sympathy for Emenike, who directly after the match apologized for his gesture. FIFPro and the PSFT expected the RFS to drop the charges against Emenike.