Zenit fans given racism warning

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Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe has warned Zenit St Petersburg fans they could face prison if found guilty of racist abuse towards Rangers´ black players in the UEFA Cup final.

The Russian club have been charged by UEFA after complaints from Marseille players that they were racially abused and Sutcliffe insisted there would be a zero-tolerance approach in Manchester on Wednesday night.

He said: "I know Zenit St Petersburg fans have been accused of racially abusing black players at the Marseille game. I´ve raised this issue with Vernon Coaker, the Home Office minister, and my message to Zenit fans is simple: come here and racially abuse black players and you will feel the full force of the law."

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