The chants appeared to be directed at Tosno midfielder Nuno Roch.
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Russian football chiefs said Thursday they will probe apparent monkey chants directed at Cape Verdean midfielder Nuno Rocha during a domestic cup semifinal this week. The incident comes less than two months before Russia hosts the World Cup and is sure to fuel fears of racism marring the tournament.The world football governing body FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Russia over monkey chants heard at a World Cup warmup against France last month.The Football Against Racism in Europe anti-discrimination network reported 89 racist and far-right incidents at Russian games in the 2016/17 season.The number was about the same as that recorded in the preceding three seasons – a sign that Russia's campaign to clean up its game has not had the desired effect.
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