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Pogrebnyak fined for criticizing black Russia player

MOSCOW (AP) Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has been fined for remarks he made about black players on the Russia national team.

Pogrebnyak told Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda this month he didn't believe Brazil-born Ari should play for Russia, adding "it's funny when a dark-skinned player plays for the Russia team."

Pogrebnyak later said he didn't mean to offend black players but believed foreign-born players shouldn't represent Russia.