Ufa’s Emmanuel Frimpong has been suspended for two matches, after a claim that he was racially abused by Spartak Moscow supporters was rejected by the Russian Football Union (RFU) disciplinary committee.
The RFU found evidence to support Frimpong’s allegation that he was the victim of monkey chants during the first match of the Russian Premier League season last Friday.
The 23-year-old former Arsenal player was sent off after he raised a finger to the crowd and has been suspended for two Premier League matches.
“The match inspector and the match delegate did not note that there had been any disciplinary violations by Spartak supporters towards Frimpong in the match reports,” the head of the disciplinary committee Artur Grigoryants said.
“There were no instances of racism. We have no grounds to take disciplinary sanctions against Spartak. Frimpong has been banned for two games for the offensive gesture he displayed towards the stands.”
The midfielder, who apologised for his reaction, was invited to attend the hearing but did not appear.
The Russian Premier League’s security director Alexander Meytin also said the league had not found any evidence of Spartak fans racially abusing Frimpong.
“The video cameras did not pick up any evidence of gestures. There were no gestures aimed at the footballer,” Meytin said in an interview with the Russian sports website Championat.com.
“We asked the stewards. They did not see anything either from the fans,” he added.