Spartak Moscow will appeal against striker Emmanuel Emenike’s red card during the team’s 3-2 win at Zenit St. Petersburg on Sunday, Spartak assistant coach Andrei Tikhonov told RIA Novosti.
The Nigerian striker scored Spartak’s second goal in the 85th minute and collected a straight red card seconds later after making a gesture towards the Zenit bench during his celebration.
“The referee didn’t understand the incident with Emenike’s goal. Emenike was just clapping, just applauding,” Tikhonov said.
“We’ve got a crucial game with Lokomotiv coming up and we’ve lost our main striker. We’ll submit an appeal against this decision.”
The win took Spartak up to second in the Russian Premier League, although they are level on points with third-placed Moscow rival CSKA, who have a game in hand against Dan Petrescu’s FC Kuban on Monday.
Emenike was fined $17,000 for showing the middle finger to Dynamo Moscow fans during Spartak's 3-1 league victory in March. He claimed the fans had directed racist chants at him.
Emenike joined Spartak in July from Turkish side Fenerbahce and has since scored 13 goals in 22 league appearances. He is a defendant in an ongoing Turkish football corruption case, with his involvement related to his time at Karabukspor in the 2010-11 season.