Ghana’s Emmanuel Frimpong has been banned for two matches after his rude gesture at supporters over racist chants last Saturday.
The former Arsenal prospect was tossed from Ufa’s match at Spartak Moscow when he reacted to fans hurling monkey noises at him by flipping them the bird and swearing at them.
A statement from the Ruissian FA reads: “The head of Russian Discplinary Committee cited a lack of evidence of racist abuse and no record in the match report of officials.”
The 23-year-old Ghanaian was targeted with monkey chants during the 2-2 draw with Spartak Moscow. Having responded by raising his middle finger his abusers direction, Frimpong was shown a red card.
When speaking to Russian reporters after his red card, the former Arsenal man said: “When the match was stopped, the fans started shouting ‘monkey’ at me. Then the monkey chants started.
“I don’t have any problems with the Spartak fans in general. I just did not keep my cool, I showed my emotions and it was my mistake. I want to say sorry for what I did,” he added.
What was perhaps more worrying was the fact that Ufa’s general director Shamil Gazizov revealed the club will not seek for action to be taken against Spartak due to the “good terms” between the clubs.
“It was an unfortunate incident,” said Gazizov. “There were people who could have shouted things. These are emotions which go away after the game. We are partners with the red and whites and are on good terms.
“What Frimpong did was wrong. Sometimes you even have to hold back the tears and just put up with it,” Gazizov added.