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

• Zenit fan club Landscrona writes open letter to club

• Group denies racism but wants to uphold 'tradition'


guardian.co.uk, Monday 17 December 2012 15.02 GMT



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.



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Dear lord





AN EVERTON fan was found guilty of racially abusing two Premier League footballers in front of his wife, children and grandson.


William Blything hurled the racist abuse at Everton’s own forward Victor Anichebe and Queen’s Park Rangers’ Korean captain Park Ji-Sung as the teams drew 1-1 at Loftus Road on October 21.


Blything, of Moss Pits Lane, Wavertree, denied a single count of racially- aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress but was found guilty at West London Magistrates’ Court.


District Judge Jeremy Coleman said the defendant would not face a custodial penalty when he is sentenced on February 11.


The 42-year-old was arrested after he was reported to stewards by two fellow Evertonians as he watched the game with his wife, 16-year-old daughter, 11- year-old son and three- year-old grandson.


Giving evidence, Everton fan Neil Jordan said he was “outraged” by the abuse and tweeted a picture of Blything, referring to him as a “racist t***” before reporting him to stewards.


Mr Jordan said he first noticed Blything as he made one of his children cry by telling him to “man up” when QPR scored a goal.


He later heard the defendant refer to Anichebe, who is originally from Nigeria, as a “f****** black monkey”. Mr Jordan said: “At that point, I realised that it wasn’t an isolated incident.


“There was clearly some intent to target that player because, in my opinion, of the colour of his skin, coupled with general agitation and abuse aimed at the home end and abuse towards another opposition player.”


Everton fan John Murmame said he heard Blything shout “Take down that Chink”, in reference to Ji-Sung.


“I go to a lot of football games but this was exceptional,” he said.


District Judge Coleman said he took into account that children had witnessed the abuse: “We have a major problem as far as racist behaviour at football is concerned.”


Defending himself, Blything admitted he had used “foul language” but said it had not been racial.


Originally from Southampton, he argued that both witnesses had described the offender as having a Liverpool accent, and he does not.


Speaking outside court, Blything said: “I have never used that kind of language in my life – never have done and never will. I was brought up in a black community and my 17-year-old daughter has a coloured boyfriend. There is something wrong with the justice system as far as I am concerned.”


An Everton FC spokesman said: “Clearly this was a deplorable incident. The individual involved will now be prevented from entering Goodison or any away grounds until the court sentences him. Once sentenced he can expect a lengthy banning order preventing him from attending any football for a considerable period of time.”

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42 years old with a 3 year old grandson!!!!

And born, quite possibly but wouldn't surprise me, to his now 17yr old daughter. So, taking into consideration a 9mth pregnancy, she would've been 14 at most at the time.


Along with using the term "coloured"!!!


There is no educating t***s like this.

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Some sense from UEFA...




Referees can stop matches for racist incidents - Uefa

Uefa has recommended that referees stop matches when there are incidents of racism and says it will "fully support" them if they follow its advice.


European football's governing body reminded officials they had been authorised four years ago to halt games in case of serious racism incidents.


It also urged coaches and players to speak out "even if it meant criticising their own players and fans".


In 2009, Uefa outlined a three-step procedure for abandoning games.


Tackling racism & discrimination

Key points from resolution:


•The current education/prevention measures and disciplinary framework are still not preventing recurrent incidents of racism

•Such incidents are still widespread in our continent

•Uefa, national associations and leagues should legislate for stricter sanctions regarding racism

•Disciplinary bodies should apply such stricter sanctions in cases of proven racism and to seek ways of obliging those sanctioned to take future preventive action

•Competition organisers in Europe should apply the guidelines issued by Uefa for how to deal with racist incidents during matches

•Referees can stop matches in cases of racism and national associations and leagues should support such action

•National associations, leagues, clubs and player unions should review and improve their measures for education regarding racism

•Players and coaches should speak out, even if this may mean criticising their own fans or players

•State authorities should play their part by: providing the football bodies with the necessary legal means; acting and emphasising to arrest, prosecute and ban from stadia for significant periods those responsible for racist acts; allowing the exchange of information regarding racist activities between states and football bodies


It said the referee should first stop the match and ask for announcements to be made over the public address system.


The second step would be to suspend the match for a given period of time and, finally, abandon it.


Uefa reiterated its position on Thursday in a resolution issued in conjunction with the European Clubs Association (ECA) and the world players' union, FIFPro.


The resolution was drawn up by the Professional Football Strategy Council (PFSC) and ratified by Uefa's executive committee, meeting in Bulgaria, on Thursday. The PFSC is composed of representatives from Uefa, the national leagues, European clubs and the players.


So far, no Uefa-organised match has ever been abandoned and, despite the guidelines, there have been several games where play has continued despite racist chanting, including a recent match between Inter Milan and Tottenham in the Europa League.


AC Milan's Kevin-Prince Boateng walked off in disgust having been racially abused by fans during a friendly with Italian lower-division side Pro Patria in January and the game was abandoned.


The resolution also called on Uefa, national associations and leagues to provide new regulations which allow for stricter sanctions in cases of racism.


"Many countries have taken significant and successful action but such incidents are still widespread in our continent," it added.


"[The resolution] calls on the players and coaches - namely those with most influence on the perpetrators of racist acts - to speak out, even if this may mean criticising their own fans or players.


"Finally, the PFSC acknowledges that racism is one form of discrimination, but that, unfortunately, other forms of discrimination also manifest themselves from time to time in football.


"It expresses its full and unconditional opposition to any form of discrimination."

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