Hulk backs up former Arsenal youth star’s Russia racism comments

Hulk in a duel with Tanju Kayhan

Brazil and Zenit St Petersburg star Hulk has echoed the comments on former Arsenal man Emmanuel Frimpong concerning racism in Russia.

Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk has backed up Emmanuel Frimpong’s comments concerning racism in Russian football.

The former Arsenal youth star was sent off for current club FC Ufa last week after reacting to racist chants from opposing Spartak Moscow fans.

Frimpong was dismissed after giving the middle finger to Spark supporters and could face a suspension of up to four games as a result.

He later took to Twitter to vent his frustrations at the rules, noting that he was being “racially abused for the game that I love.”

The incident is just the latest example of racism within the Russian came.

Former Premier League stars like Samuel Eto’o and Christopher Samba have both face abuse from supporters during their respective spells in Russia.

And speaking in quotes carried by the Associated Press Hulk, who is a popular mainstay of the Zenit first team, echoed many of Frimpong’s concerns.

The Selecao striker also expressed worries about the 2018 World Cup in Russia, when similar problems could occur with the hosts.

Speaking through a translator Hulk said:

"If (racism) happens in the World Cup, it will be really gross and really ugly. Usually it happens when Russian clubs play and it doesn't come out to the world and the world doesn't know about this.

"I must say that almost every game I see this happening. I used to get angry, but now I see this doesn't help, so I just send a kiss to our fans and try not to get angry."

The Brazilian previously experienced issues when first joining Zenit, with many hardcore supporters questioning the big money recruitment of a foreign player.

Whether positive action will be taken against this latest incident involving Frimpong, however, remains to be seen. 

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