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Zenit St Petersburg fan group warns against buying black or gay players

“We’re not racists but…”

Axel Witsel

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.”

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