Zenit Saint Petersburg in conflict again after Hulk substitution

"If the situation with the coach is not resolved, I could leave Zenit in January," Hulk was quoted as saying by local media. "Everything is possible."

updated: December 05, 2012 22:17 IST
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Moscow: Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg, rocked by a players dispute after the big money signing of Hulk, are facing a fresh headache after the Brazilian striker was substituted in a Champions League clash.

Zenit's Italian manager Luciano Spalletti brought off Hulk for midfielder Konstantin Zyryanov with 10 minutes to go in the match against AC Milan on Tuesday.

The Russian champions were leading 1-0 when Spalletti decided to defend the lead and strengthen the back line. But the decision angered the 26-year-old forward, who refused to shake hands with Spalletti as he left the field.

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