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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 March 2008, 14:01 GMT
Uefa to probe Russia abuse
By Joachim Barbier
BBC Sport, France

Ghana and Marseille's Andre 'Dede' Ayew
Ghana's Andre 'Dede' Ayew was the target of racist abuse in Russia

Europe's governing body has opened an investigation into the racial abuse of Marseille's black players by spectators during a Uefa Cup game in Russia on Wednesday.

Ghana's Andre 'Dede' Ayew was among the players targeted during the game against Russia's Zenit Saint Petersburg.

The French side lost 2-0 and meant they were knocked out of the Uefa Cup on away goals.

but Dede, Ronald Zubar and Charles Kabore were targeted by some home fans as the trio were warming up on the touchline for the last 16 second round tie.

"They threw a banana at us and made monkey sounds," complained Zubar, who is from the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.

"It's not great. That makes the defeat worse, while they had everything to celebrate.

"We would have preferred that the match was stopped and the individuals removed."

The Uefa disciplinary body will examine the matter at its meeting on 20 March.



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