Samba faces ban

MOSCOW – Congolese defender Christopher Samba faces a possible ban for his response to racist abuse in the Russian Premier League.

The former Queens Park Rangers and Blackburn player was subjected to racist abuse by fans of Torpedo Moscow while playing for Dynamo Moscow last Sunday.

Samba was substituted at halftime in apparent distress at the abuse but faces a Russian Football Union charge he displayed an “unpleasant gesture” to Torpedo fans. The RFU did not elaborate.

Ivorian defender Dacosta Goore was banned for two games in Russia for a similar offence last year after showing his middle finger to fans following racist abuse.

RFU disciplinary committee chairman Artur Grigoryants told the R-Sport agency that the case will be heard on Saturday.

Torpedo was punished for the racist abuse on Thursday when the RFU ordered the closure of one stand for its next game.

Samba was also the target of racial abuse in 2013 when a banana was thrown in his direction when he was playing for former club, Anzhi Makhachkala.

Last year, Europe’s ruling body UEFA ordered the partial closure of champions CSKA Moscow’s home venue following racist chants aimed at Manchester City’s Yaya Toure during a Champions League encounter.