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SBD Global/November 9, 2012/International Football

Moscow Police Outlaw Classic Emblem Of Torpedo Moscow, Claiming Nazi Connection

The classic emblem of Torpedo Moscow FC, which was designed in '30, "has been suddenly outlawed by the city police," according to RT.com. Scarves, flags and banners with the symbol "were banned from sale or to be brought into the stadium during the club’s latest home match in the Football National League," Russia's second league. Torpedo fans said that the police now believed that "the gear symbol in the background of the club’s classical logo is similar to one used by the Nazis." The fans "are currently in consultations with Torpedo's management trying to collect documentation on the logo." Football Development Foundation President Alisher Aminov explained: "This increased attention by the police is caused by the recent fans’ misconduct at the Torpedo stadium, and nothing more" (RT.com, 11/7).
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