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FC Rostov midfielder Guelor Kanga has been banned for three matches and fined £600 by the Russian Football Union after reacting to racist chants.
The Gabon international flashed his middle finger at a section of Spartak Moscow supporters who subjected him to monkey chants during yesterday's 1-1 draw in the Russian Premier League.
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Male unskilled manual workers born between 1960 and 1979 are one of the most likely groups to admit being racially prejudiced, according to research by BSA (British Social Attitudes) data published by The Guardian.
Racial prejudice by generation:
Since 2002, people born between 1960 and 1979 - known as 'generation X' - and people born before 1939 increasingly identify as prejudiced, according to the research.
This compared to those born since 1980 – generation Y – and people born between 1940 and 1959, who have seen prejudice levels fall since then.
Racial prejudice by occupation:
Nearly a third of people in Britain admit to being "racially prejudiced" according to research carried out by The British Social Attitudes survey.
The survey, published by The Guardian, questioned more than 5,000 people across the UK and found that the proportion of people who say they are racially prejudiced has risen overall since 2001.
It suggested that racial prejudice has returned to the level of 30 years ago and found that older men in economically deprived areas are most likely to admit to racial prejudice.
Staffordshire Police are investigating alleged offensive, racist messages sent via Twitter to former footballer Stan Collymore. Mr Collymore contacted Staffordshire Police yesterday evening after a number of messages were sent to him.
Chief Inspector Carl Ratcliffe, commander of Cannock Chase Local Policing Team (LPT) said: “It’s everyone’s role to treat each other with respect. It’s our role to investigate complaints of criminal behaviour and where appropriate take action.
"When we become aware of complaints about potential criminal offences, we gather evidence to allow the CPS to make a decision on whether to charge or not.”
Officers have copies of the messages for detailed investigation of alleged crimes, and will be working closely with the Crown Prosecution Service.