FOOTBALL: Russian coach gets five-game ban for racial discrimination
A Russian football coach who said he would not sign dark-skinned players received a five-game ban yesterday for racial discrimination.
The punishment is the strongest sanction for racism handed out to a player or coach by the Russian Football Union.
Igor Gamula told Russian journalists last month that FC Rostov had enough dark-skinned players when asked in post-match news conference about rumours the club would sign a Cameroon defender.
Gamula, who holds Russian and Ukrainian nationality, apologised three days later after Rostov’s African players threatened to go on strike.
In a statement on its website, the Russian Football Union said the comments were of a disparaging or discriminatory nature toward a group of persons regarding race or skin colour.
The 54-year-old coach’s ban will end in March due to the Russian league’s three-month winter break.
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