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Zenit hit back at claims their player recruitment policy is biased against minorties

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Zenit St Petersburg have reiterated their opposition to views advanced by a group of their supporters who yesterday called for "sexual minorities" and non-Europeans to be excluded from the playing staff.

The letter published on the fans' website,, read: "We object to representatives of sexual minorities playing for Zenit. "We are not racists and for us, the lack of black players at Zenit is only an important tradition, which emphasises the identity of the club and nothing more. "Zenit has its own identity in the world of football, along with a number of football clubs that have retained their own identity. "As the most northern club of the major European cities, we have never been associated with Africa, South America or Australia and Oceania. "We have absolutely nothing against the people of these and any other continent. But now black players are being imposed on Zenit almost by force. "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."

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