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Sam Wallace: Russia must act over racism on terraces

Latest racism news from the Russian Premier League: Spartak Moscow's Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike was fined $17,000 for giving the finger to a group of Dynamo Moscow fans who were making monkey noises at him.

There was no punishment for the Dynamo fans from the Russian Football Union for the racist chanting, although the two clubs were fined because both sets of fans threw snowballs at the players.

Valery Karpin, the Spartak coach, said: "I have to agree that Emenike did something that he should not have done. But at the same time I couldn't follow the logic in the RFU's decision as they didn't take any action against the Dynamo fans who had racially abused Emenike. I'm glad they didn't ban Emenike, otherwise it would have looked like an outright racial discrimination."

Still, full steam ahead for the 2018 World Cup finals.

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