UEFA Open Disciplinary Proceedings Against Spartak After Nigerian-Born Player Suffered Racist Abuse

Russian side Spartak Moscow are on the wrong side of the law again after European football’s governing body,UEFA, opened disciplinary proceedings against the club after Nigerian-born winger Bobby Adekanye allegedly suffered racist abuse.

Fans at the Spartak Academy allegedly made monkey chants aimed at Adekanye during the UEFA Youth League (UYL) match between Spartak Moscow and his club, Liverpool.

That prompted the Merseyside club to report the matter to UEFA. The football body has now opened a case against the Russian club with hearing scheduled for October 19.

Nigerian-born Dutch youth international, Adekanye, came on as a 58th-minute substitute during the Uefa Youth League match in Moscow before the aforementioned monkey chants were aimed at him by the fans.

Spartak also face three charges for incidents involving fans during their UEFA Champions League (UCL) game against Liverpool at home on September 26. The Matchday 2 clash ended 1-1.

The charges are in relation to setting off fireworks, illicit banners and chants and blocking stairways and they will be dealt with by Uefa’s control, ethics and disciplinary body on October 19.

Spartak had earlier been fined 60,000 euros (£52,664) for a firework incident during their Matchday 1 match at Maribor in the UCL in September. They were also banned from selling tickets to their fans for the match against Spanish outfit Saville in Seville on November 1.