File - Hulk previously complained of “gross and ugly” racism in football.
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Zenit St. Petersburg's Brazilian striker Hulk has pulled out of Saturday's World Cup qualifying draw, only days after complaining of "gross and ugly" racism in Russian football.The Brazilian international will be replaced by former Russia captain Alexey Smertin as one of the draw assistants for Saturday's event in St. Petersburg, FIFA said in a statement, adding that Hulk had withdrawn due to club commitments. Zenit are away to FC Ural Sunday in a Russian Premier League match, although there have been no alterations to the fixture list since FIFA initially announced Wednesday that Hulk would take part in the draw. Hulk had said he was honored after being named as a draw participant Wednesday.
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