Hulk snubs World Cup draw over ‘racism’ in Rus­sian game

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HULK, Zenit St Peters­burg’s Brazil­ian striker, has pulled out of to­day’s World Cup qual­i­fy­ing draw, only days af­ter com­plain­ing of “gross and ugly” racism in Rus­sian football.

FIFA said that Hulk will be re­placed as a draw as­sis­tant by for­mer Rus­sia cap­tain Alexey Smertin and added Hulk with­drew due to club com­mit­ments.

Other for­mer play­ers who will take part in to­day’s draw in­clude Ron­aldo, Diego For­lan and Oliver Bier­hoff.

Rus­sia, hosts for the 2018 World Cup, have re­peat­edly been crit­i­cised for fail­ure to tackle racism in football.

“It [racism] hap­pens at al­most ev­ery match in Rus­sia but the world does not hear about it be­cause they try to keep it quiet,” Hulk told re­porters on Mon­day at a Zenit train­ing ses­sion.

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