France's midfielder Paul Pogba reacts during an international friendly football match between Russia and France at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on March 27, 2018. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE
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A new racism scandal has rocked Russian football in the run-up to the World Cup – and anxious Moscow authorities are taking it seriously. The idea of fans targeting black players with monkey chants has been haunting Russian football chiefs heading into the June 14 to July 15 celebration of the beautiful game. But racism reared its ugly head Tuesday when French players Ousmane Dembele and Paul Pogba were targeted during their 3-1 friendly victory over Russia in Saint Petersburg.Russia's history of all forms of discrimination stretches back to its Soviet era and is rarely tackled head on.Racism is especially closely associated with football because of the right-wing hooligans and club "ultras" attracted to the game.The Football Against Racism in Europe anti-discrimination network reported 89 racist and far-right incidents at Russian games in the 2016/17 season.
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