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Russian Soccer Champions’ Fan Group Is Definitely Not Racist

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By Brendan OConnor on December 17, 2012

World Cup Blog

Landscrona, the largest fan group of FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, champions of the Russian Premier League, has posted a letter on its website demanding that the club refrain from buying any black players. The letter also registers its objection to “sexual minorities.”

“We’re not racists,” the Selection 12 manifesto states. “But we see the absence of black players at Zenit as an important tradition.”

Pretty sure that means you’re racists.

“The club has lost the regional identity,” the letter claims, and yet The Guardian points out that Zenit has been the only top club in Russia to have never signed an African player.

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The letter comes in the wake of two controversially expensive signings just before the transfer deadline, acquiring Hulk (Brazil) and Axel Witsel (Belgium) for more than £60 million ($97.2 million).

At least they’re all about good health: Players that have “publicly demonstrated their addiction to alcohol or cigarettes” are also unwelcome.

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