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    Spartak Moscow football club have appealed to Russian police to prosecute those who brandished a Nazi flag during a Cup game last month, club owner Leonid Fedun told R-Sport on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW, November 13 (R-Sport) – Spartak Moscow football club have appealed to Russian police to prosecute those who brandished a Nazi flag during a Cup game last month, club owner Leonid Fedun told R-Sport on Wednesday.

    Since the October 30 game at Shinnik Yaroslavl, which was held up for 30 minutes while police fired water cannons at brawling fans, Spartak have insisted that supporters who waved a swastika around during the mayhem have nothing to do with the club.

    Even so, the Russian football association fined Spartak $18,500 and ordered the club to play two games behind closed doors.

    It remains unclear whether police have charged anyone over the Nazi emblem.

    "Obviously, we have sent official requests [to prosecute those responsible], because for us it is unacceptable that we still don't know if a criminal case has been launched against all individuals who committed this act," Fedun said, referring to the flag incident.

    Spartak's main fan club, the 10,000-member Fratria, immediately disowned the incident, while the club istself released a statement denouncing the perpetrators as "scumbags" who desecrate the Soviet sacrifices of World War II.

    Last week, Fedun claimed the flag-waver was a "professional provocateur" out to sabotage Spartak's season.

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