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"There's No Black In The Colours Of Zenit"

"There's No Black In The Colours Of Zenit"

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48 / / Feb 14, 2013 09:18 AM
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At least three Liverpool players are entering the line of fire tonight, when the Reds take on Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League in Russia.

Andre Wisdon, Glen Johnson and Raheem Sterling could all be victims of racist abuse, as fear mounts ahead of the game.

In December, Zenit’s largest supporters group released a manifesto, calling for the club never to sign another black player or a player from a “sexual minority.”

In the past, a Zenit fan has handed Roberto Carlos a banana in a racist gesture, and a fake bomb was planted outside the club’s headquarters when Brazilian striker Hulk was signed.

Racist chanting is routine in Zenit’s stadium, and the club has all but given up trying to contain it. According to reports, the slogan "There's no black in the colours of Zenit" can still be seen painted on walls in St Petersburg.

Ahead of tonight’s game, Zenit spokesman Evgeny Gusev warned that despite the club’s best efforts, it cannot promise racist incidents will not take place.

"[Stopping racism] is not just the work of the club but of the legal authorities, the police and politicians," he said. "We work hard but we cannot be insured against individual cases."

Meanwhile, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers insists he and his team will not be cowed by racists in the Zenit crowd.

He refuses to let his game plan, in the form of team selections and strategy, be affected by the archaic attitude of some of the Russian club’s fans.

"I didn't think of leaving anyone out," Rodgers said, referring to the black players in his squad.

"These are young players who have experienced this in their lives before so we are going into a sporting arena and everyone from football, Uefa and referees, will support any player it may affect.

“I didn't think of it too much because they want to play and some are young players progressing.”

With the decision to award Russia the 2018 World Cup already under scrutiny for various reasons, more racist incidents in matches like tonight’s will  surely be bad news for the Eastern European nation’s reputation.

And Liverpool may well have extra motivation to make sure Zenit's progress in Europe is halted.

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Toughj Level 3
Yemadoda..it ws valentines day nd u ppl r busy discussin sokka matters, feel 4 ur wifes, gf's nd ur nyatsi's

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Geees Level 1
Goerge Hummels also said of dis town claimin not 2 no black people, nincompoops!

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KHOSIJUJU Level 1
The racists molesting Loosefool FC...

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KHOSIJUJU Level 1
To their credit,the racists haven't started their racist nonsense yet...hope they don't do it this morons...the only player they can do it to is Cow Johnson...

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kvitova Level 1
I know what I am about to say may sound race-obssesed,or silly.I think before UEFA/FIFA try to abolish racism in football stadiums they should first find out what makes fans to be racist.I think they should come up with educational programmes that can educate the european society.remember racists are members of society.but I also think racist behaviour is/was encouraged by the europeans themselves.these are the people who for centuries viewed blacks as non-beings.It would take a while to change such mindset.maybe blacks should rise above the sterotyped perceptions of themselves held by these racist.maybe that can curb it a bit.

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kvitova Level 1
@Mandrister,there's quite the collaborative of extreme racist mentality from our fellow bloggers rammed in here spreading like the AIDS virus.

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wongama Level 2
Such clubs should be banned or play in empty stadiums

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KHOSIJUJU Level 1
@johnbarnes-jb the only reason I and guess other bloggers ddnt mention Cole is because its a Liverpool story but otherwise he's a moron too that Ashley Cole.

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Johnbarnes-jb Level 2
All dos who say johnson was supporting Suarez wat abt Cole who was supporting dat RACIST called John Terry

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Lwandlana87 Level 1
U couldnt have said it better khosijuju. I hate Johnson too

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KHOSIJUJU Level 1
I hate racism but I guess I can only feel bad for Wisdom and Sterling as for Johnson he shu feel right @ home as he's a friend of Suarez he was one of the fools defending Suarez in the media.

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negative60 Level 3
@madrister dude people have reasons to fight racism with racism I mean I kno that is not a solution but everyone is entitled to their opinion..as 4 me I think we shouldn't entertain this zenit thing I'm glad that they are showing it I mean racism not hiding it en pretend like what white ppl are doing..I believe that God is looking en this we've been called names made slaves en the word is corrupt like this because of white ppl but one day it will all make sense we will answers from the above

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tondi23 Level 1
@Mandridster: You know what? I have noticed it. It is quite shocking!

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Mandridster_United Level 3
@tondi, haven't you noticed? There are people who hate certain clubs because they deem them to not be "African" enough. There are people who accuse refs of racism for decisions that go against a black player or a coach/player that says something negative about a black player. Some openly declard their hate for white people while claiming that something should be done about racism. Read the comments when Droga, Anelka & their Chinese club is mentioned. The things that are said about the Asians would cause an uproar if a European said them about Africans.

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GLORY_MBP Level 3
Lets gets serious for a minute now Andy . Racism = homophobia? Never dude , homosexuals can hide thier sexuality but you can NEVER hide your race . Homosexuals never had their lands and livestock stolen -and enslaven for centuries . They were never moved from their continent and had their history , names and culture stripped from them . Homosexual is not even close to anti-semic or other religious hate thats going on out there . I know people who WERE homosexual and for that reason i classify homosexualty as a 'state of mind' and everyone is entitle to their 'state of mind' . I wouldnt care if someone would want to marry a goat or worship one . You can change your sexualty and you can change your religion but you can NEVER change your race .

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