Muamba Incident and Racism Leave Samba in Shock

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Anzhi defender Christopher Samba was left badly shaken after a weekend when he heard about his friend Fabrice Muamba’s cardiac arrest and was racially abused, his teammate Makhach Gadzhiev has told RIA Novosti.

Anzhi defender Christopher Samba was left badly shaken after a weekend when he heard about his friend Fabrice Muamba’s cardiac arrest and was racially abused, his teammate Makhach Gadzhiev has told RIA Novosti.

Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for Bolton Wanderers against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, and remains in a critical condition.

Samba and Muamba share Congolese roots and were based close to one another in north-west England while playing for Blackburn Rovers and Bolton.

“Samba was very distressed even before the game because of the tragedy that happened to his friend Fabrice Muamba,” Gadzhiev said Sunday.

After Anzhi’s 1-0 defeat to Lokomotiv Moscow on Sunday, the club said a banana was thrown from the VIP section of Lokomotiv’s stadium and landed close to Samba, echoing previous incidents suffered by Roberto Carlos.

“Someone threw a banana. We need to fight this, of course, but in any case there are people who behave like that. And it will continue to exist in our football,” he said.

Muamba’s illness and Anzhi’s defeat overshadowed the incident with the banana, Gadzhiev said.

“Christopher was distressed after the match, because we lost, but I don’t think he paid any attention to that trifling incident.”

Gadzhiev said he doubted that racism could be eliminated from the game in Russia, which is due to host the World Cup in 2018.

French-born Samba joined Anzhi last month from Blackburn, where he scored 16 goals in 160 Premier League appearances.

Anzhi are seventh with 56 points in the Russian Premier League, four points off third-placed Lokomotiv, who occupy the final Champions League qualification spot.

 

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