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Post  Guest on 2012-12-18, 6:20 am

So say the fans...


The largest fan group of Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg has demanded the club refrain from buying black and gay players.

"We're not racists but we see the absence of black players at Zenit as an important tradition," Zenit fan club Landscrona said in a letter, called the "Selection 12 manifesto", posted on its website on Monday.

"It would allow Zenit to maintain the national identity of the club, which is the symbol of St Petersburg."

Zenit have been the only top club in Russia to have never signed an African player while the northern city of St Petersburg is known to have a strong right-wing nationalist influence.

The fans said they want more home-grown or European players in the team. "We only want players from other brotherly Slav nations, such as Ukraine and Belarus as well as from the Baltic states and Scandinavia. We have the same mentality and historical and cultural background as these nations," the letter said.

They also expressed their opposition to having "sexual minorities" in the team. Several prominent black players have turned down lucrative offers from the wealthy club over the past 12 months after receiving death threats from Zenit fans. A Zenit spokesman said on Monday the club would not comment on the fans' letter.

The former Zenit and Russia striker Alexander Panov said the fans have no right to influence the club's selection policy. "If we don't have enough good players from St Petersburg, then what should the club do?" he said.

"All clubs around the world have black players. If they are absent from Zenit – it's Zenit's problem. I don't think fans should demand the club buy or don't buy certain players. The fans have the right to go to the stadium or stay home."

Zenit have been in turmoil for the past few months with several senior players unhappy after the wealthy club splashed out more than £60m on the Brazil forward Hulk and Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel just before the transfer deadline.

Zenit demoted the Russia captain Igor Denisov to the reserve team in September after he refused to play, issuing an ultimatum to renegotiate his contract in line with what Hulk was making. Denisov was later allowed to rejoin the first team after making an apology.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/dec/17/zenit-st-petersburg-fan-group

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Post  Black Cat Kiwi on 2012-12-18, 8:40 am

No different than me not being able to play for the Maori All Blacks........

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Post  cyprussyd on 2012-12-18, 9:07 am

I think they are right, the sight of a big black gay man, in tight shorts, all sweaty, running around..

would be off putting for any normal man, I wonder if MON knows any?

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Post  Guest on 2012-12-18, 12:08 pm

I reckon that the North East remains quite racist.. probably because statistically (recently published census stats) we are 95% British White.

Everyday humour reflects this I think.

I recall people wondering how a certain Black centre half signed by Len Ashurst would fare at Roker Park....

No probs.... Benno became a legend because of his fearless deeds.
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One or two others were harshly treated I think. Roly Gregoire springs to mind.
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