Lokomotiv fans' racist banner aimed at Odemwingie
Fans of Lokomotiv Moscow displayed a banner with racist overtones thanking West Bromwich Albion for taking striker Peter Odemwingie off their hands.
The banner, which read ‘Thanks West Brom’ had a banana in the middle, suggesting that the Premier League side had taken a monkey off their hands.
It is a banner which is sure to cause outrage in Nigeria, and reinforce feelings within the country that Russian football is yet to fully overcome issues of discrimination by fans.
Odemwingie holds dual Russian and Nigerian citizenship, but that did not prevent him from being the target of this racist abuse.
The banner has led Russian journalist Alex Tretyak to suggest that the roots of Odemwingie’s lack of goals at Lokomotiv may lie deeper.
“Odemwingie already managed to score his first goal in England, hinting at the fact that his goalscoring drought at Locomotiv was connected not with him, but the problem is to look deeper.”