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Hulk and Axel Witsel, who are darker-skinned than most of Zenit's players, haven't changed the minds of their most extreme supporters.

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This summer, Zenit St. Petersburg signed Hulk and Axel Witsel, who are of mixed ethnicity. They are among the darkest-skinned players who have ever suited up for the club, and they are not liked by all supporters.

Presented without any further commentary, a quote from a letter sent by Landscrona, the largest supporters group for Zenit St. Petersburg, to the club itself. Via The Guardian:

"We're not racists but we see the absence of black players at Zenit as an important tradition."