20 July ~ The Russian Premier League didn’t even manage to get through its opening weekend without a racist incident. During the match between Spartak and Ufa in Moscow, the former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong was abused by a section of the Spartak crowd. The player was then sent off for showing his middle finger to the crowd in response. WSC contributor Saul Pope has taken a look at ordinary Russian fans’ comments about the incident on Futbolgrad, which range from “Red and White racists… I hope Spartak has to host all home matches with no fans” to “Frimpong behaved rudely”. Below that the editor of Futbolgrad, Manuel Veth, has commented on racism and xenophobia in Russia.