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Torpedo Moscow have cancelled the transfer of defender Erving Botaka-Yoboma following angry fan protests and racist abuse.

Botaka-Yoboma, who is of African descent but Russian-born, joined Torpedo this week after leaving Lokomotiv-Kazanka Moscow. 

Supporters of the second division club had protested against the 19-year-old black defender's signing, with some engaging in racist abuse online. But in a club statement issued on Friday, Torpedo insisted that the collapse of the transfer was purely down to financial factors.

Russian club Torpedo Moscow have cancelled the signing of defender Erving Botaka-Yoboma

Russian club Torpedo Moscow have cancelled the signing of defender Erving Botaka-Yoboma

It read: 'The Russian Torpedo Football Club regrets that the transfer of player Erving Botaka-Yoboma to our club caused a sharp reaction.

'We declare that our transfer policy is exclusively based on sports principles.

'We oppose any form of discrimination.

'The cancellation of Erving Botaka-Yoboma's transfer is solely related to the cost of transfer.

'Erving Botaka-Yoboma was offered to sign a contract, the transfer was to take place free of charge. However, on July 17, 2018, we received a letter from the previous club of the player with a warning about a compensation payout requirement. 

'In accordance with

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