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Russian minister rejects racism claims

11 Jun 2012 11:16:51

Russian minister rejects racism claims

Russia's sports minister Vitaly Mutko has rejected claims that the country's football fans racially abused Czech player Theodor Gebre Selassie, instead suggesting the charges were a misunderstanding.

"I attended this match and watched everything with my own eyes," Mutko was quoted as saying in a number of publications in Russia. "There wasn't any racial abuse. It's all rubbish and untrue."

UEFA is looking at the allegations after a complaint from a racism monitoring group at Euro 2012, which is being held in Poland and Ukraine.

UEFA is already taking disciplinary action against the Russian football federation after fans lit and threw fireworks and displayed potentially inflammatory "Russian Empire" flags at the ground in Wroclaw.


AFP

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