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Russia FA fine Pavel Pogrebnyak for racist comments about Russia players

Pavel Pogrebnyak has been suspended for the rest of the season by the Russia FA.

Former Fulham and Reading forward Pavel Pogrebnyak has been fined for remarks he made about black players on the Russia national team.

Pogrebnyak told Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda this month he didn't believe Brazil-born Ari should play for Russia, adding: "It's funny when a dark-skinned player plays for the Russia team."

Pogrebnyak later said he didn't mean to offend black players but believed foreign-born players shouldn't represent Russia.

The Russian Football Union ethics committee...

Pavel Pogrebnyak comments on black players representing Russia condemned by Vladimir Putin adviser

Pavel Pogrebnyak has said it is laughable that black players represent the Russian national team

Russia president Vladimir Putin's adviser Mikhail Fedotov has condemned former Premier League player Pavel Pogrebnyak for saying it's "laughable" black players represent the national side.

Pogrebnyak -- who enjoyed spells in England with Fulham and Reading -- was critical of foreign players receiving national passports and cited Russia international Ariclenes da Silva Ferreira.

"I don't see the point of this," he told a Russian tabloid. "I do not understand at all why Ari received...

Ukraine drop Rakitskiy after defender's Russia move

Yaroslav Rakitsky's move to Zenit was unpopular in Ukraine.

Ukraine have dropped defender Yaroslav Rakitskiy from the national team after he joined Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg.

Rakitskiy was not included in Ukraine's squad for their upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Portugal and Luxembourg, his country's first games since he signed for Zenit in January .

Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko has not explained the decision to drop Rakitskiy, who has played 54 times for his country.

Rakitsky's move to Zenit was unpopular in Ukraine,...