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Emotional Sue Bird returns to Russian team despite killing of owner
Emotional Sue Bird returns to Russian team despite killing of owner | The Seattle Times
MOSCOW — Racist and anti-gay chants have become more common in Russian soccer as the country prepares to host the World Cup, even as overall incidents of discrimination declined. Nineteen incidents of abusive chants were recorded this season, according to an annual report from the anti-discrimination Fare Network and the Moscow-based Sova Center released Wednesday. That compares to two cases the season before, and 10 the year before that. Victims included players from the French national team, who were targeted with monkey chants during a game against Russia in March, and Liverpool youth player Bobby Adekanye, who was racially abused by Spartak Moscow supporters. Russian national team goalkeeper Guilherme Marinato, a naturalized citizen who was born in Brazil, was twice targeted by Spartak fans calling him a monkey.
Racist, anti-gay chants on rise in Russia ahead of World Cup
Spartacus: Blood and Sand is the first season of American television series Spartacus , which premiered on Starz on January 22, The series was inspired by the historical figure of Spartacus played by Andy Whitfield , a Thracian gladiator who from 73 to 71 BC led a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic. Executive producers Steven S. DeKnight and Robert Tapert focused on structuring the events of Spartacus' obscure early life leading up to the beginning of historical records. The program is preceded by a warning that it purports to portray a "historical portrayal of ancient Roman society that contains graphic violence and adult content".
UEFA's options to punish Spartak include closing part or all of their stadium for a future game. The flare rocketed out of the section holding visiting Spartak fans early in their draw with Slovenian champions Maribor on Wednesday. It landed in the centre-circle near German referee Denis Aytekin and burned out. The referee briefly stopped play.