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Russian soccer fans charged with racism

FIFA has charged fans with racism during the World Cup that was hosted by Russia on April 17, 2018.

Russian supporters were yelling racist chants to black French players, calling them “monkeys,” according to USA Today.

The chants were heard by television cameramen and were reported to FIFA by photographers on the side of the pitch.

“Disciplinary actions have been opened against the Russian Football Union (RFU) for this incident,” FIFA told USA Today.

This is not the first time Russian fans have been charged with racism. When Russia was playing a Macedonian team, some fans had a flag flying with war criminal Ratko Mladic on the flag. Also, in a game against RB Leipzeig, there were allegations that Russian fans targeted abuse toward black players.

“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,” FIFA told The Guardian.

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