By Alan Duffy
Emmanuel Frimpong never quite made the grade with Arsenal, with the Ghanaian international now plying his trade in the Russian Premier League with Ufa.
Russian football is no stranger to racism and in Ufa’s clash with Spartak Moscow on Friday, Frimpong reacted to vile ‘monkey chants’ from the opposition fans, with the 23-year-old flipping the bird in retaliation. That (understandable) reaction earned the midfielder a red card and after the game (which ended 2-2)…
After the game (which ended 2-2), Frimpong explained his actions on Twitter…
Ufa general director Shamil Gazizov described the episode as an “unfortunate incident” and revealed that he wouldn’t be asking for Spartak Moscow to be punished. He also said: “What Frimpong did was wrong. Sometimes you even have to hold back the tears and just put up with it.”
What an utterly appalling reaction to yet another embarrassing incident in Russian football. Until clubs are properly punished for the hideous behaviour of their fans, this kind of abuse will never end.
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