Federation Internationale de Football Association charge Russia over fan racism during France friendly

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The said incident occurred when chants were aimed at French players when the two countries played an global friendly in March.

The body said in a statement: "Fifa regards the illicit sale and distribution of tickets as a very serious issue and it has been reminding all football fans that fifa.com/tickets is the only official and legitimate website on which to buy 2018 Fifa World Cup tickets".

Morocco is the only rival to a joint bid to stage the event from the United States, Canada and Mexico with the FIFA Congress due to choose the hosts in Moscow on June 13.

A French photographer at pitch level for France's 3-1 win over Russian Federation in St Petersburg heard monkey chants directed at French players on several occasions, including when midfielder N'Golo Kante of Chelsea and Ousmane Dembele who plays as a forward for Barcelona as they came to the sideline for a throw-in.

The Russian Football Union (RFU) said it was cooperating with the FIFA investigation.

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"A request has been made to the Interior Ministry to identify several persons who were involved in these incidents", RFU anti-discrimination officer Alexei Smertin was quoted as saying Monday by the Tass news agency. These sites allow people to re-sell their tickets, choosing the price they sell at. Zenit St. Petersburg has twice confronted UEFA fees for racism by its own fans from Europa League games. On both occasions, the RFU paid a fine.

It is the third case involving racist behaviour at the St Petersburg Stadium this season, which is due to host a World Cup semi-final match on July 10.

The club were sanctioned after its fans displayed a large banner praising Serbian war criminal Ratko Mladic at a match against Macedonian Vardar in November.

Russian Federation will host its first World Cup this summer, with the games scheduled to take place from June 14 to July 15 at 12 arenas in 11 cities.