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Gabon footballer punished for reacting to racism

Racist chanting is a big problem in Russia, where the 2018 World Cup will be staged. Credit: PA

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.

Kanga's punishment was handed out for what the RFU has described as an "insulting gesture to fans." Spartak Moscow have also been fined £830 for the behaviour of their supporters.

Earlier this season, former Blackburn Rovers and QPR defender Chris Samba, who now plays for Dynamo Moscow, received a two match ban after reacting to racist abuse in a similar fashion.

Unskilled manual workers 'likely to admit prejudice'

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:

'Generation X' - people born between 1960 and 1979 increasingly identify as prejudiced, according to the research. Credit: BSA/Guardian

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:

Unskilled manual workers are the more likely to admit to racial prejudice, according to the BSA. Credit: BSA/Guardian


Racism 'on the rise' across Britain

Nearly a third of people in Britain admit to being "racially prejudiced" according to research carried out by The British Social Attitudes survey.

A member of the EDL taking part in a demonstration in 2011. Credit: PA

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.

Police investigate racist abuse sent to ex-footballer Stan Collymore via Twitter

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.

Stan Collymore reporting for radio. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

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.

Inter and Balotelli fined after racism mars Milan clash

Mario Balotelli was facing his old team in Sunday's 1-1 draw in Serie A. Credit: STUDIO BUZZI/Buzzi/Press Association Images

Italian football giants Inter Milan have been fined 50,000 euros (£43,175) by the league after the club's fans were found guilty of racially abusing Mario Balotelli during Sunday's Milan derby.

The AC Milan striker, who played for Inter before his spell in the Premier League with Manchester City, was also fined 10,000 euros for apparent insulting gestures towards the opposition fans after the final whistle.

Inter fined after fans racially abuse absent Balotelli

New AC Milan star Mario Balotelli emerged as a major talent at rivals Inter Milan. Credit: REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino

Inter Milan have been fined 15,000 euros (£12,900) by the Italian football league after fans chanted racist abuse about Mario Balotelli - during a game in which the striker was not even playing.

The Inter supporters' chants about the club's former player, now the new star man of city rivals AC Milan, were heard during the first half of Sunday night's 3-1 victory over Chievo.

A statement published on the official Serie A site confirmed the club fine after supporters "directed expressions of racial discrimination to the player of another club". Inter president Massimo Moratti added his condemnation.

The vice-president of AC Milan Paulo Berlusconi, the younger brother of former Italian prime minister Silvio, also recently apologised for racist remarks he made about Balotelli, who joined the club from Manchester City last month.

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