Zenit St. Petersburg's fans aren’t racist or anything, but they would prefer if their favorite soccer club made personnel decisions based mostly off skin color. If a player is talented and black, that’s great, but not as great as it would be if he were talented and white.
"We're not racists but we see the absence of black players at Zenit as an important tradition," Zenit’s largest fan club, Landscrona, wrote in a letter on Monday.
"It would allow Zenit to maintain the national identity of the club, which is the symbol of St Petersburg."
To date, Zenit St. Petersburg is the only top-tier Russian team to have never once had a black player on the roster.
"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.
Fortunately, the hatred isn’t just limited to black people. The same letter noted that Zenit St. Petersburg shouldn’t have “sexual minorities” on the team.
The best reaction to this letter:
Don't worry, that racist letter from Zenit supporters only represents the largest Zenit supporters group. Wait, what?
— netw3rk (@netw3rk) December 17, 2012