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FIFA charge Russia with fan racism in friendly against France
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FIFA charge Russia with fan racism in friendly against France

  The World's football governing body FIFA has charged World Cup host Russia for fan racism on Tuesday, less than two months before the commencement of the tournament. Reports suggested that monkey chants were aimed at black French players including Paul Pogba in the course of France's 3:1 victory over Russia in last month's friendly in St. Petersburg. "Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Russian Football Union for this incident," Fifa said. The RFU disclosed that it is cooperating with the Fifa investigation. "A request has been made to the Interior Ministry to identify several persons who were involved in these incidents," Alex Smertin, the RFU anti-discrimination officer was quoted as saying on Monday (Tuesday NZT) by the Tass news agency. "If these peopl...