Anzhi's Samba won't let Russian racists 'break me'

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Associated Press

Posted on April 9, 2012 at 7:31 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 9 at 10:03 AM

LONDON (AP) — Congolese defender Chris Samba says he remains committed to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala despite being the target of racism.

A banana was thrown at Samba, who is black, after a match at Lokomotiv Moscow last month. He threw the banana back into the stand.

Samba said in a statement to The Associated Press: "I feel extremely passionately about racism in football and will never let the small community of racists break me. I'm a strong character and will keep fighting for my team."

The incident involving Samba follows two last year in which Anzhi's Roberto Carlos had bananas thrown at him.

In 2010, Lokomotiv Moscow fans unfurled a banner showing a banana.

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