MOSCOW — The Kontinental Hockey League has fined Spartak Moscow for racist behavior by its fans after bananas were thrown onto the ice at a game.
Russian media reported two bananas were thrown from the crowd after Spartak Moscow lost 4-1 on home ice to Croatian club Medvescak Zagreb on Wednesday. The apparent target was Medvescak’s Swedish wing Edwin Hedberg, who is black.
The KHL says in a statement that Spartak had been fined 700,000 rubles ($9,000), and "seriously warned" about the future conduct of its fans, adding that "breaches linked to the incitement of racial, ethnic, or international discord are unacceptable."
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Spartak management has said that any fans involved in the banana-throwing will be banned from attending games. Police are investigating, but no arrests have been reported.