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Russian Soccer Coach Refuses To Sign Black Players

The coach of a Russian Premier League team soccer team has said that he will not sign black players and joked that Ebola had spread to his club.

FC Rostov coach Igor Gamula told journalists after a game on October 31 that his club already has “enough dark-skinned players," saying: "We've got six of the things."

He was responding to a question about whether Rostov would sign Cameroon defender Benoit Angbwa.

Gamula also said five of his Russian players were ill with a high temperature and joked that Ebola was the cause.

Rostov midfielder Moussa Doumbia is from Mali, which has seen sporadic Ebola cases.

Rostov won the Russian Cup last season but is now struggling in 14th place within the 16-team Russian league.

Gamula took over as Rostov’s coach in September.

Based on reporting by AP