CSKA Moscow and Russia defender Sergey Ignashevich, says he didn’t expect such strong negative reaction on a “funny” photo of his African teammate, Sekou Oliseh, he posted on Instagram.
The picture, which showed Oliseh holding an edition of the “Black Monkey” novel by Russian writer Zakhar Prilepin, was accompanied by the text: “Sekou is an expert in books”.
Many, who saw the picture, considered it a racist prank, suggesting Iganshevich gifted the book to the unwitting Liberian player.
"I didn’t give him this book as I’m reading it myself now,” Iganshevich explained in a statement on his website. "When I posted the photo on Instagram I miscalculated the reaction of outsiders on the humor inside the team. It’s my mistake. I never thought that I’d have to explain my actions. For people, who see life in black and white only, I can say that Sekou appreciated the joke".
The Russian international added that the one, who laughed at the picture the most, was another CSKA’s black player, Ahmed Musa of Nigeria.
The “Black Monkey” novel tells the story of a journalist, who investigates a secret government laboratory which specializes in research on violent children.