FIFA asked to probe Russian racism against France players

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Anti-racism campaigners say they want FIFA to investigate the abuse of French players, including Paul Pogba, by Russian fans.

Monkey chants could be heard from the crowd in St. Petersburg on Tuesday when black French players touched the ball in a friendly against Russia. The abuse was also audible on a TV broadcast after Pogba scored France’s second goal in a 3-1 win.

The anti-discrimination Fare Network says “there should be enough there for FIFA to initiate proceedings.”

The case comes before Russia hosts the World Cup in June and July.

Zenit St. Petersburg has twice faced UEFA charges for racism by its fans in Europa League games.