Wednesday March 18th, 2015

The Russian Football Union has announced that Torpedo Moscow will have to play two home matches without fans after Zenit St. Petersburg’s Hulk was racially abused during Sunday’s match, Reuters reports.

Torpedo’s fans used directed a monkey chant at Hulk, who responded by blowing a kiss to the crowd.

Disciplinary committee head Arthur Grigoryants issued the following statement about the punishment:

"Due to the offensive racial behaviour of the Torpedo fans towards Hulk we have fined the club 300,000 roubles [£3,300] and they will have to play two home league matches behind closed doors.
"If there is a repeat of this racial abuse there will be an even stronger punishment next time."

In September, the club played one match with part of its stadium closed off following racial abuse towards Christopher Samba of Dynamo Moscow.

Torpedo is in 12th place in the Russian Premier League with a 3-7-9 record. The club will play Spartak on Saturday.

- Paul Palladino

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