SUPER Eagles’ striker Emmanuel Emenike, who plays for Spartak Moscow, has been fined $17,000 for an offensive gesture towards Dynamo Moscow fans, who racially abused him in a Russian League match.
The Nigerian also received a suspended sentence until the end of the season for his actions during yesterday’s derby, which Spartak won 3-1. A Russian FA Ethics Committee official, Vladimir Vasilyev, said: “We decided it was an adequate punishment.”
Spartak’s coach, Valery Karpin, said the FA had failed to address the racist abuse. The Russian former international told reporters: “I have to agree that Emenike did something that he should not have done.
“But at the same time I couldn’t follow logic in the FA’s decision as they didn’t take any action against the Dynamo fans, who had racially abused Emenike. I’m glad they didn’t ban Emenike, otherwise it would have looked like an outright racial discrimination.”
Emenike said he was sorry he could not hold back his temper towards Dynamo fans, who were making monkey noises when the Nigerian international touched the ball. The Russian FA (RFU) did not punish the club for the racist chant, though Spartak and Dynamo were fined $6,800 and $680 respectively for their fans throwing snowballs at the players.
Spartak received a bigger fine because one of the snowballs hit a Dynamo player. The Emenike case was the latest in a series of racist incidents in the Russian Premier League. Earlier this month, a banana was thrown at Anzhi Makhachkala’s Congolese defender, Christopher Samba, in a match at Lokomotiv Moscow.
Another Anzhi player, Brazilian full back Roberto Carlos, had bananas thrown at him at stadia in St Petersburg and Samara last year. Coincidently, the Russian authorities on Friday revealed the person responsible for throwing the banana at Samba.
“We had identified him, he’s a college student from Moscow. We have sent his case to the police,” Vasilyev said. The RFU did not punish either club over the Samba incident.