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Former Arsenal midfielder Andrei Arshavin has said that fans who have been racially abusing players like Christopher Samba and Roberto Carlos that they should be ashamed of themselves. Andrei Arshavin recently moved to Zenit St Petersburg on a loan deal from Arsenal till the end of the season.

It is very much expected that he would extend his stay permanently with the Russian club in the summer. Spartak Moscow striker, Emmanuel Emenike, has become the latest victim of racial abuse after he suffered the same during the match against Dynamo Moscow. The 3-1 win for Spartak Moscow was marred by the ugly scenes of racial abuse suffered by Emmanuel Emenike.

After the match, Andrei Arshavin was highly critical of the fans who were racially abusing players during football matches. He said that the atmosphere is extremely different from what he experienced during his time in England, where there is negligible racism. Arshavin also praised Emmanuel Emenike by saying that the striker controlled himself quite admirably, which reduced the aftermath of the event considerably. Arshavin, meanwhile, said that he is extremely delighted to be back in Russia, although he did not comment on whether he would like to make the move permanent in the summer.

“The atmosphere in the stands of England and Russia is noticeably different. For example, they are not fond of carrying out a fire-show that we have. The fans give you lot disrespect. So the racist activities must be stopped here in Russia. With regards to the situation with Emenike, the player did a wonderful job to control himself despite the situation,” Arshavin told the betfair football tips website.

Zenit St Petersburg are currently top of the Russian championship, and they look on course to win the title this season, as they have a commanding 11 point advantage at the top of the table. Attention will then turn to the European Championships, where the latest 2012 Euro Betting makes Russia distinct underdogs. Come on Arshavin!