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Russian club drops 2 players after Instagram poem dispute

MOSCOW (AP) Two Russian players have been left out of Spartak Moscow's squad for a Europa League game amid a dispute over a poem posted on Instagram.

Spartak says captain Denis Glushakov and defender Andrei Yeshchenko won't travel to Austria for Thursday's game against Rapid Vienna.

They're accused of pressing the "like" button on an Instagram video of Russian actor Dmitry Nazarov mocking Spartak coach Massimo Carrera. Speaking in verse, Nazarov says "Carrera isn't our happiness" and wonders "how many disgraces do we need before our gratefulness runs out?"

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