Zenit St Petersburg are to investigate a racist incident targeting former Brazil full-back Roberto Carlos before their home league game against Anzhi Makhachkala.
Local newspapers published a picture of a fan offering a banana to Anzhi captain Roberto Carlos at St Petersburg’s Petrovsky stadium before Monday’s match which Zenit won 2-0.
“In regards to a published photo of a man making an unethical act towards Anzhi captain Roberto Carlos, Zenit officially state that the club together with the police will investigate this matter,” Zenit said on their website (www.fc-zenit.ru).
Roberto Carlos himself made light of the incident.
“I didn’t get offended,” the 2002 World Cup winner who joined Anzhi from Brazilian club Corinthians last month. “In my 37 years I’ve seen it all so I didn’t get upset after seeing a banana.”
The Russian FA said it was also investigating the incident.
If found guilty, Zenit could be fined, forced to play home games behind closed doors or have points deducted.