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FIFA asked to probe Russian racism against France players

Portugal v France - Final: UEFA Euro 2016

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Antoine Griezmann (L) and Paul Pogba (R) of France shows their dejection after their team’s 0-1 defeat in the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Anti-racism campaigners say they want FIFA to investigate the abuse of French players, including Paul Pogba, by Russian fans.

Monkey chants could be heard from the crowd in St. Petersburg on Tuesday when black French players touched the ball in a friendly against Russia. The abuse was also audible on a TV broadcast after Pogba scored France’s second goal in a 3-1 win.

The anti-discrimination Fare Network says “there should be enough there for FIFA to initiate proceedings.”

The case comes before Russia hosts the World Cup in June and July.

Zenit St. Petersburg has twice faced UEFA charges for racism by its fans in Europa League games.