Pavel Pogrebnyak, the former forward from Fulham has been asked to pay a fine by the Russian Football Union of an amount of 250,000 rubles after he suggested that Russia should not be represented by black players. Pavel Pogrebnyak has played for Reading, as well as Fulham during his 3 years England stay. He gave an interview where he raised the question as to why Ari, the striker with Brazilian roots had been given a passport of Russia.
He felt that it is strange that black players are representing the World Cup 2018 host, Russia while expressing his annoyance of using naturalized foreigners. He says that he doesn’t see the point of it. He comments that he doesn’t at all understand why Ari had been given a passport for Russia. As a matter of fact, he made a statement that it is laughable to see a black player represents the national side of Australia. Mario Fernandez is the best player. However, there is also Igor Smolnikov in his position. It is possible to do without foreigners.
Russian Football Union has examined the comments and has fined him. Also, he has been handed a conditional disqualification till the season is complete. This is going to come to effect in case he repeats the offense.