QPR footballer who reacted to racist abuse faces charges

Congolese Christopher Samba has been issued a two-match ban

The Russian Football Union has issued Dynamo Moscow defender Christopher Samba with a two-match ban after he responded to racial abuse from spectators in a match against Torpedo Moscow last week.

Samba, who used to play for QPR and Blackburn, stuck his middle finger up to fans before being substitued half way through the match. "We took into account what happened on the pitch and that he was provoked. Therefore we decided to give the lightest possible punishment," said Artur Grigoryants, head of the RFU disciplinary committee.

This was not the first time Samba has suffered racial abuse from Russian spectators. In 2012 when he played for Anzhi Makhachkala Samba had a banana thrown at him during a match at Lokomotiv Moscow’s Stadium.

Torpedo's punishment, on the other hand, will be to have part of their stadium closed for the next match.

Samba has since voiced his perfectly reasonable desire "to play football and not have to listen to racial taunts."