FC Moskva, the club which started this season as FC Torpedo-Metallurg Moskva but which is now under the support of the city of Moscow, has staged an event against racism in the Russian capital.
Before the league match against UEFA Cup contenders FC Rubin Kazan, Moskva players came out for their warm-up session in t-shirts with the slogan 'Moscow against racism'. The message was written in two languages – English and Russian. "This is how the club has decided to support the football authorities' worldwide action against racism," a club spokesman said.
Hope for the future
"I know there is a problem of this nature in the world," said Cameroon defender Jerry Christian Tschuisse, who also has a Russian passport. "Fortunately, I don't have problems like this in my team. I have great relationships with all my team-mates, I speak fluent Russian and I have a Russian passport. I support what the club does, in the hope that our children will never come across racism wherever they live and work."
Moskva chief executive Yuri Belous said the club has developed a long-term strategy to fight against racist conduct in the football environment. As a first step, he said, Moskva will endeavour to make the public aware of the existence of such a problem, and the need to counter it.
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