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Russian football fans request "no gays or blacks"

Posted in: International News
By Daily News staff - 19th December 2012

The coach of a leading Russian football team has described a request from a supporters’ club that no gay or black players be signed as “stupidity”.

The Zenit St Petersburg supporters' group Landscrona said in an open-letter that black players are "forced down Zenit's throat" and gay players are "unworthy of our great city".

Zenit's Italian head coach, Luciano Spalletti described the supporters' call as "stupidity", saying "tolerance for me is most of all the ability to understand and accept differences".

He added: "I can personally assure you that I will do everything I can to help those who seek to explain to people what tolerance is, and the need to respect other cultures and traditions.

"I think that Zenit has proven through its work that the club understands what tolerance is, and what it means to have tolerant behaviour. The team has gathered players from different countries and ethnic groups who work together to achieve a common goal." 

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