Champions League

Banana-throwing mars PSV clash in Russia

2016-09-29 18:23
Soccer ball (Getty Images)

Moscow - Russian football authorities on Thursday downplayed a banana-throwing incident at the Champions League match between Rostov and PSV Eindhoven, despite it coming as the club served a punishment for racist abuse.

The problem of widespread racism in Russian football is under the microscope as the country gears up to host the 2018 World Cup and the authorities are often accused of turning a blind eye to the issue.

Television footage from the 2-2 draw in the World Cup host city showed a banana thrown onto the pitch mid-way through the first half, R-Sport news agency reported.

The game was already being played in a partially closed stadium after European governing body UEFA sanctioned Rostov for fan racism at a home game against Dutch side Ajax in August.

"I think the incident in Rostov is unique and that this will not repeat itself in the future," Alexei Sorokin, the head of Russia's World Cup organising committee, told TASS news agency.

"We follow this issue along with the Russian Football Union (RFU) but it is obviously impossible to screen every person in the stands."

It remains unclear if any disciplinary measures will be taken.

FIFA came under fire this week for disbanding its racism task force after claiming the body's mission had been accomplished.

FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura said Monday that Russian authorities had been "very receptive to diversity and battling discrimination" in talks she had with them.

Racist incidents -- including insults and monkey chants -- are commonplace at football matches in Russia and a string of other European countries.

Read more on:    psv eindhoven  |  champions league  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Tuesday, 13 February 2018
Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur, Allianz Stadium 21:45
Basel v Manchester City, St. Jakob-Park 21:45
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Porto v Liverpool, Estadio Do Dragao 21:45
Real Madrid v PSG, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu 21:45
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Bayern Munchen v Besiktas, Allianz-Arena 21:45
Chelsea v Barcelona, Stamford Bridge 21:45
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Sevilla v Manchester United, Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan 21:45
Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma, Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist 21:45
Tuesday, 06 March 2018
Liverpool v Porto, Anfield 21:45
PSG v Real Madrid, Parc des Princes 21:45
Wednesday, 07 March 2018
Manchester City v Basel, Etihad Stadium 21:45
Tottenham Hotspur v Juventus, Wembley Stadium 21:45
Logs
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Which English Premier League club will progress furthest in this season's Champions League?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.