Brazil's Hulk accuses Russian fans of racism

AP , Sunday 27 Sep 2015

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Zenit's Hulk celebrates his goal against Benfica during their Champions League Group C soccer match at Luz stadium in Lisbon September 16, 2014.

Zenit St. Petersburg's Brazilian striker Hulk says he was racially abused during a match against Spartak Moscow in the Russian Premier League.

When Hulk was substituted after scoring in the 2-2 draw, he blew kisses to the stands and later said this was because ''unfortunately the same situation keeps happening, racism from the stands,'' in comments published on Zenit's website.

Last season, Spartak and Torpedo Moscow were punished over separate incidents involving their fans, who directed monkey chants at Hulk.

Hulk said in July that racist behavior was present at ''almost every game'' in Russia, where he has played since 2012, and that he feared it could mar the 2018 World Cup.  

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