Russia battles racism in football

Russia considers banning bananas at games as they have become symbols of increasing racism on the football pitch.

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Cameroon star Samuel Eto’o has become one of the world’s highest-paid footballers and the biggest-ever signing to a Russian club.

But Eto’o may face challenges on the pitch, as Russian football is plagued by racism.

Many Russian clubs have ultra-nationalist and neo-Nazi supporters who are particularly averse to players of colour.

In June, a Brazilian player had a banana thrown at him during a game. The fruit has become emblematic of racism in Russian football, and there is talk of banning it from games as Russia – to host the 2018 World Cup -searches for a strategy to fight racism. 

Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull reports from Moscow.

Source: Al Jazeera