Unit defender refused to emerge for second half of Russian top flight clash.
Former QPR and Blackburn Rovers defender Christopher Samba refused to play in Dinamo Moscow’s debt game against Torpedo on Monday after finding himself the target for racist abuse from the crowd, the Daily Mirror reports.
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The 29-year-old did not appear after the break with manager Stanislav Cherchesov claiming afterwards he had been withdrawn due to a calf problem.
However, Dynamo’s vice-president Gennady Soloviev lated confirmed that the player was withdrawn because of racist chants emanating from the crowd.
“I can confirm Samba felt offended with Torpedo fans and didn’t want to go on the pitch for the second half. That’s why he was replaced,” Soloviev said.
This is the second incident of racist behaviour Samba has experienced in Russia after a Lokomotiv Moscow fan threw a banana at him whilst he was playing for Anzhi Makhachkala back in 2012.
The Russian Football Union will investigate the incident later this week, which could see Torpedo face sanctions.
Last season CSKA Moscow saw part of their stadium closed after their fans abused Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure during a Champions League tie.