Spartak punished over Hulk racist abuse

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(AP) -- Spartak Moscow fans have been banned from their team's Russian league game this weekend after supporters racially abused Zenit St. Petersburg's Brazil striker Hulk.

The Russian Football Union acted after Hulk said Spartak fans had directed monkey chants at him during a goalless draw on Saturday.

Hulk told local media that the chanting came from "a large group of people" and he considered it "a personal insult."

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