The 35-year-old, that plays for Russian high flight side Ural Yekaterinburg, was likee given a suspended prohibit by the Russian Football Union on Tuesday.

The prohibit, until the close of the season, could come into effect if he made more discriminatory comments.

The ex-Reading player won’t appeal against the verdict, and it has apologised.

Pogrebnyak’s comments – produced in a meeting with all the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily newspaper last week were condemned by Russian president ’s human rights advisor Mikhail Fedotov.

Pogrebnyak, that also played for Fulhamsaid he was compared to the recent fad of non-Russian players becoming Russian passports and going onto represent the united states in gambling matches.

He picked the samples of ian-born set Mario Fernandes, that plays for CSKA Moscow, and Ariclenes da Silva Ferreira (Ari), that plays for Krasnodar.

“I don’t find the point with the I don’t really know at all why Ari received a Russian passport,” he explained. “It is laughable when a black player represents the Russian national side.

“Mario Fernandes is really a top player. But we also have Igor Smolnikov in their own position. We can make do without foreigners as well.”

Pogrebnyak, that won 33 caps for Russia, afterward said he’d”not need a thing against black players”.

“At the meeting I voiced my strictly personal opinion that at the Russian federal side I want to observe footballers that were born and raised within our country. That is all,” he explained.

“I did not really mean to insult anyone.”


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