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Fans of FC Torpedo Moscow protest after Russian side sign black defender Erving Botaka-Yoboma: 'Our colours are black, but in the ranks only white'

  • FC Torpedo Moscow signed defender Erving Botaka-Yoboma this week
  • But the club's decision has been met with racist abuse from some fans 
  • One group, called the Zapad-5 Ultras, were the main group behind the attack 
  • Club owner Roman Avdeyev has defended the signing of Botaka-Yoboma
  • The head of the All-Russian Union of Footballers called the fans 'idiots' 

By Tom Farmery For Mailonline

Published: 11:20 EDT, 18 July 2018 | Updated: 11:28 EDT, 18 July 2018

Supporters of FC Torpedo Moscow have protested after the club signed 19-year-old black defender Erving Botaka-Yoboma.

Botaka-Yoboma, who is an African-born Russian, joined the Russia Second Division team this week after the player left Lokomotiv-Kazanka Moscow.

The decision by the club to sign Botaka-Yoboma was met with racist abuse. 

FC Torpedo Moscow made the signing of defender Erving Botaka-Yoboma this week
FC Torpedo Moscow made the signing of defender Erving Botaka-Yoboma this week

FC Torpedo Moscow made the signing of defender Erving Botaka-Yoboma this week

Fans of FC Torpedo Moscow have slammed the club's decision to sign a 'black' player
Fans of FC Torpedo Moscow have slammed the club's decision to sign a 'black' player

Fans of FC Torpedo Moscow have slammed the club's decision to sign a 'black' player


A group of fans, known as the Zapad-5 Ultras, wrote on Russian social media site Vkontakte: 'There may be black in our team's colours, but there is only white in our supporters' ranks.'

The comments have been met with condemnation by a number of Russian football officials, including the club's owner Roman Avdeyev.

Avdeyev defended the decision to sign Botaka-Yoboma, who is also a former academy player of FC Torpedo Moscow.

Botaka-Yoboma pictured last season when he was playing for Lokomotiv-Kazanka Moscow
Botaka-Yoboma pictured last season when he was playing for Lokomotiv-Kazanka Moscow

Botaka-Yoboma pictured last season when he was playing for Lokomotiv-Kazanka Moscow

Botaka-Yoboma has signed a one-year deal at the Russian Second Division side
Botaka-Yoboma has signed a one-year deal at the Russian Second Division side

Botaka-Yoboma has signed a one-year deal at the Russian Second Division side

He said: 'There is no 'skin colour' in our criteria. We've never noticed it and will never notice it.'

Alexander Zotov, who is head of the All-Russian Union of Footballers, said the 'idiots' weren't representative of football fans in Russia.

'There have been changes in attitude after the World Cup, but a group of idiots still remains,' Zotov said.

'People with a limited worldview exist in any country. We saw how open our society and people were [during the World Cup].' 

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