'You can’t break us’: Zenit visit site of St. Petersburg Metro blast in show of solidarity
On Monday, a blast ripped through a St. Petersburg metro car traveling between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations. The explosion was later confirmed to be a terrorist attack.
In a show of solidarity, the Russian Premier League team traveled from the club’s base in the north of the city along the metro line where the explosion occurred and laid flowers at the scene of the tragedy at Tekhnologichesky Institut.
Each player paid their respects while wearing white hoodies with the hashtag '#YouCantBreakUs' in Russian in black lettering across the chest.
Zenit forward Aleksandr Kokorin posted a picture of Birzhevoy Bridge with the words -"My condolences to the families and loved ones #SaintPetersburg" in Russian.
On the day of the attack, club captain Danny recorded a message of support in his native Portuguese.
"I would like to express support to the people of St. Petersburg," he said. "We are devastated ...Our whole team is with you. Condolences to those who lost loved ones."
It wasn’t only present players expressed their sadness and solidarity after the attack.
Former Zenit players Axel Witsel and Hulk, who both now play in the Chinese Super League, also expressed their condolences on social media.
“All my thoughts, condolences, and prayers go to everyone affected by today’s tragedy... Stay strong beautiful St. Petersburg,” Witsel said in a Twitter post.
All my thoughts, condolences and prayers go to everyone affected by today's tragedy...Stay strong beautiful St. Petersburg 🙏🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺 pic.twitter.com/0fZR6xFznI— Axel Witsel (@axelwitsel28) April 3, 2017
Brazilian striker Hulk posted a picture of St. Petersburg on Instagram with the message “Stay strong St. Petersburg. We are praying for you. God bless you,” written in both Russian and Portuguese.
A minute of silence was observed before the two Monday night fixtures in the Russian league – FC Rostov vs FK Krasnodar and Spartak Moscow vs Orenburg – just hours after the fatal explosion.
Fans of Spartak Moscow announced that they would observe five minutes of silence and not use any of their usual banners or flags, instead unfurling a banners sending condolences to the families and loved ones of those who died in the blast.
One banner read: “Immeasurable pain that tears the heart to pieces. Petersburg, we mourn with you.”