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Russian fans alleged racially abuse France players during friendly
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Russian fans alleged racially abuse France players during friendly

Anti-racism campaigners have demanded that FIFA investigates the alleged racist abuses aimed at France's players, including Pual Pogba by Russian fans during the international friendly game. According to reports from a pitch-side photographer, monkey chants could be heard from the crowd in St. Petersburg as France romped to 3:1 victory over Russia. The abuse was also allegedly audible on a TV broadcast after Pogba scored the second goal for France. The head of the anti-discrimination group Fare Network, Piara Pawar opined: "There should be enough there for FIFA to initiate proceedings. "If photographers heard it pitch-side, then there must have been stewards and other officials who also heard it. "If, toward the end of March, these guys don't know what to do, and they're not...
Lionel Messi to miss out on Spain friendly
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Lionel Messi to miss out on Spain friendly

Reports suggest that Lionel Messi has been ruled out of the high profile friendly between Argentina and Spain on Tuesday evening. The forward was forced to miss out on hos side's 2 nil victory over Italy last week, although it was believed he would feature in the friendly against Spain in Madrid. Argentina Coach Jorge Sampaoli has also indicated that it won't be risky for Messi to take part in the important warm up clash ahead of the World Cup in the summer. However, Goal has reported that Messi experienced discomfort during training on Tuesday morning, and that the forward would prefer watching from the sidelines to rest his hamstring and abductor. Messi has played 43 appearances for both club and country this season, and Argentina have initially expressed concern that their key ...