A gaggle of Zenit St Petersburg followers opted to protest the membership’s signing of winger Malcom from Barcelona, holding up a massively controversial banner during which they seem to criticise the membership for signing a black participant.
Having sealed a £36m transfer to the membership, Malcom made his Zenit debut in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Krasnodar, however the event was marred by abuse from a bit of supporters.
Sports.ru captured the picture of the banner which was held up throughout the recreation, which sarcastically learn: “Thank you management to your loyalty to traditions”.
The ‘custom’ in query is believed to be the absence of black gamers on the membership. The Landskrona supporters group have beforehand posted a manifesto on-line during which they name for the membership to not signal any black gamers.
The manifesto reads: “We aren’t racist and for us the absence of black gamers is simply an essential custom, emphasising the id of the membership and nothing extra.
“We, because the northernmost membership of the main European cities, have by no means been mentally linked with Africa, nevertheless, as with South America or Australia or Oceania. We have completely nothing in opposition to the inhabitants of those and another continents, however on the identical time we would like gamers who’re shut in spirit to talk for Zenit.
“Now, Zenit black soccer gamers are being pressured nearly by pressure, and this causes solely a backlash. Let us be what we’re.”
Malcom was not the one black participant to characteristic throughout the match, with right-back Douglas Santos and Wilmar Barrios beginning the sport as effectively.