Russia FA fine Pavel Pogrebnyak over racist remarks

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Russia FA fine Pavel Pogrebnyak over racist remarks after former Reading striker said Brazilian-born Ari shouldn’t play for the national team

  • Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has been fined for remarks about black players 
  • Former Reading man said he didn’t believe Brazil-born Ari should play for Russia
  • The Russian Football Union ethics committee fined Pogrebnyak £3,000

Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has been fined for remarks he made about black players on the Russia national team.

Pogrebnyak told Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda this month he didn’t believe Brazil-born Ari should play for Russia, adding: ‘It’s funny when a dark-skinned player plays for the Russia team.’

Pogrebnyak later said he didn’t mean to offend black players but believed foreign-born players shouldn’t represent Russia.

Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has been fined for remarks he made about black players

Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has been fined for remarks he made about black players

The Russian Football Union ethics committee fined Pogrebnyak 250,000 rubles (£3,000) and said the former international could be suspended until the end of the season for another offense.

Ari has lived in Russia for nine years and made his debut for Russia in November. In the Russia squad, goalkeeper Guilherme and right back Mario Fernandes were also born in Brazil.

Pogrebnyak made his debut for Russia in 2006 and played for the national team for six years. 

The striker told a Russian newspaper he didn't believe Brazil-born Ari should play for Russia

The striker told a Russian newspaper he didn’t believe Brazil-born Ari should play for Russia

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