A group of Zenit fans called ‘Landskrona’ issued an open letter earlier in the season saying they would not accept non-Slavic or gay players at the club.
Taken into context of the relative frequency of racial abuse from fans in Russia, the statement provoked outrage across the football world, leading the club to distance itself from the supporters’ group.
Hulk, who with Bruno Alves and Axel Witsel makes up the non-white contingent in Zenit’s first team, added his opinion to the discontent.
“I think that these people, these fans, do not take other cultures into account,” he told R-Sport. “Me, I respect all players, whatever the colour of their skin or sexual preferences.
“These fans who insult non-white or gay players do not reflect the majority, it is as simple as that.”