Pavel Pogrebynak fined for remarks about black players in Russian national team

26 Mar

Former Fulham and Reading striker Pavel Pogrebynak has been fined for his remarks about black players in the Russian national team.

Pogrebnyak, who made 33 appearances for Russia between 2006 and 2012, said he was opposed to the recent trend of non-Russian players receiving Russian passports with the view to representing the country and criticised the presence of black Krasnodar striker Ari in the Russia squad.

Pogrebynak has been fined for his comments about black players in the Russia team

Speaking to tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda, he said: “I don’t see the point of this. I do not understand at all why Ari received a Russian passport.

“It is laughable when a black player represents the Russian national side.

“Mario Fernandes is a top player. But we also have Igor Smolnikov in his position. We could make do without foreigners as well.”

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The Russian Football Union ethics committee has fined Pogrebynak 250,000 rubles (£2,938) for his comments.

His remarks were also blasted by Mikhail Fedotov, the human rights advisor to president Vladimir Putin, who claimed they “smacked of racism”.

 

“I believe that any football player who plays well and has Russian citizenship has a right to represent the Russian national side,” Fedotov told the TV channel Moscow 360.

“The colour of their skin, eyes, hair and everything else has no significance. This should be obvious to anyone.”

‘It smacked of racism’ – Pavel Pogrebnyak’s comments on black players in Russia national team blasted by Vladimir Putin’s human rights adviser

19 Mar

Former Fulham and Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak’s comment that it is “laughable” to have black players in the Russia national team has been blasted by president Vladimir Putin’s human rights adviser.

Mikhail Fedotov, head of the presidential Human Rights Council said the comments made by Pogrebnyak, who made 33 appearances for Russia between 2006-12, “smacked of racism”.

Pogrebnyak in action for Russia during Euro 2012

“I believe that any football player who plays well and has Russian citizenship has a right to represent the Russian national side,” Fedotov told the TV channel Moscow 360.

“The colour of their skin, eyes, hair and everything else has no significance. This should be obvious to anyone,” he added.

In an interview with tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda, Pogrebnyak said he was opposed to the recent trend of non-Russian players receiving Russian passports with the view to representing the country in international matches.

The 35-year-old picked out examples of Brazilian-born pair Mario Fernandes, who plays for CSKA Moscow, and Ariclenes da Silva Ferreira (Ari), who is a Krasnodar player.

“I don’t see the point of this. I do not understand at all why Ari received a Russian passport,” he said. “It is laughable when a black player represents the Russian national side.

“Mario Fernandes is a top player. But we also have Igor Smolnikov in his position. We could make do without foreigners as well.”

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Pogrebnyak could face a ten-match ban for his comments according to Russian website sports.ru.

And the deputy anti-discrimination officer for the Russian Football Union says it will be looking at possible punishment for Pogrebnyak, who plays for Russian top flight club Ural Yekaterinburg.

The player has sought to clarify his comments since, telling Sport24 that he has played abroad and respects “all players without exception”.

“I do not have anything against black players,” said Pogrebnyak , who also played for Stuttgart in Germany.

Ural say they will stick by Pogrebnyak

“In the interview I voiced my strictly personal opinion that in the Russian national side I would like to see footballers who were born and raised in our country. That is all. I did not mean to insult anyone.”

Ural Yekaterinburg’s president, Grigory Ivanov, has said the team will stand by Pogrebnyak, and claimed most Russian players would share his views.

Who was the last player to score a top-flight hat-trick for every Premier League club?

21 Jan

Diogo Jota scored a hat-trick on Saturday to become the first Wolves player to bag three in a top-flight match since 1977.

But who was the last player to take the match ball home for your club in a Premier League or First Division game?

Jota netted a stoppage time hat-trick on Saturday

Check out our findings below…

Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey was the last Gunners player to take home the match ball

The Welshman, who will soon be playing his football for Juventus, netted three in a 5-1 home victory against Everton in February 2018 under Arsene Wenger.

Ramsey last netted a hat-trick for Arsenal against Everton

Bournemouth

Callum Wilson was the last Cherries player to bag a hat-trick for the south coast outfit.

The forward netted three as his side hammered Huddersfield 4-0 in November 2017.

Brighton

The last player to score three in a top-flight game for the Seagulls was Gordon Smith almost 40 years ago.

The Scotsman, who was signed for Brighton for a then club record fee of £350,00 from Rangers, proved his worth when he netted a hat-trick against Coventry in October 1980.

Smith (in blue) was the last Brighton player to score a top flight hat-trick back in 1980

Burnley

Andre Gray was the last Claret to take home the match ball.

The current Watford marksman bagged a hat-trick in a 4-1 win against Sunderland in December 2016.

Cardiff

Unfortunately for the Bluebirds, no player has ever scored a hat-trick in England’s top flight for the club.

However, it is hardly surprising as this season is only their second time featuring in the top division.

Crystal Palace

Yannick Bolasie was the last to score three for the Eagles in a 4-1 win against Sunderland in April 2015.

The Ivorian is now playing his football for Aston Villa in the Championship.

Palace’s last hat-trick came courtesy of Bolasie

Everton

The Premier League’s second top scorer in history, Wayne Rooney, is the last player to score three for the Toffees.

The veteran striker netted a hat-trick in a 4-0 win against West Ham last term, and scored one of the goals of the season in the game too.

Fulham

The last Cottager to score three was Pavel Pogrebnyak back in March 2012.

The Russian striker was lethal in a 5-0 Fulham victory against Wolves.

Pogrebynak was the last to score for Fulham

Huddersfield

No player has ever scored a top flight hat-trick for the Terriers.

And it doesn’t look likely either as they struggle at the bottom of the Premier League.

Leicester

Unsurprisingly, Jamie Vardy was the last to score a hat-trick for the Foxes back in December 2016.

Leicester’s talisman netted three against Manchester City and they famously went onto win the title.

Liverpool

Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick for the Reds as recently as a month ago when Liverpool dismantled Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield.

It was the second hat-trick in December for Jurgen Klopp’s men as Mohamed Salah scored three a couple weeks before.

Firmino scored three for Liverpool against Arsenal last month

Manchester City

Sergio Aguero was the last to score three in a game for the champions when he netted his ninth hat-trick back in August.

He scored three against Huddersfield as Pep Guardiola’s side hammered the Terriers 6-1 at home.

Manchester United

Robin van Persie was the last to score three for the Red Devils when he sealed his side’s Premier League title in a 3-0 win against Aston Villa.

He netted all of the goals in the game and won the Golden Boot that season.

RvP was the last Red Devil to bag three in a league game

Southampton

Liverpool’s current star Sadio Mane was the last Saints player to net three goals in a top flight game.

The Senegal international bagged a hat-trick in a 4-2 win against Manchester City in May 2015.

Tottenham

Harry Kane was the last to score a hat-trick for Spurs in a 5-2 win against Southampton in December 2017.

But the three he scored came over a year ago and with his recent injury this season he faces a hard task to score another this season.

Watford

The last to score three for the Hornets came just under 35 years ago when Mark Falco scored three against Aston Villa in October 1986.

Surely one player will break the near 40 year curse under Javi Gracia and his high-flying side?

Mark Falco was the last Watford player to score three for Watford in a league game

West Ham

Andy Carroll was the last player to score three for the Hammers.

The tall striker bagged three as West Ham drew 3-3 with Arsenal in a six goal thriller at Upton Park in April 2016.

Wolves

As already mentioned, Jota netted three for the Premier League newcomers this weekend.

But under Nuno this season, you wouldn’t bet against another player to score three for Wanderers in the 15 matches remaining.