Fifa investigating alleged racist abuse at Russia-France friendly

During pre-World Cup friendly between France and Russia a racist abuse was directed at French players. A photographer at pitch level for France’s 3-1 win on Tuesday heard monkey chants directed at French players on several occasions, including when N'Golo Kante came to the sideline for a throw-in. Fifa released a statement following the incident, which says: “Fifa is collecting the different match reports and potential evidence in regards to the discriminatory incident reported in the media, including the one from the Fare observer who was present at the game." Racist and discriminatory behaviour is not uncommon in the Russian Premier League, including among fans of Zenit St Petersburg. Uefa opened disciplinary proceedings against the club last week for racist chants during a recent Europa League match against RB Leipzig. The incident sparked calls to persevere in the fight against racism in soccer with less than three months before the World Cup.

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