Zenit offers support to striker Hulk after kidnapping
Zenit St Petersburg has given their support to Brazil striker Hulk amid reports of his youngest sister being kidnapped in Brazil.
Club spokesman Evgeny Gusev told R-Sport: "The club is concerned with the incident, and will follow the course of events and support our player in such a tough moment."
According to Globo Esporte, the kidnapping took place as the 22-year-old Angelica Vieira was meeting a friend at a local restaurant at 2pm on Monday.
The friend was admitted to hospital with shock after the abduction and upon her discharge claimed that the kidnappers had forcibly dragged Mrs. Vieira from her car into another car.
The police are thought to be reluctant to declare the case as a kidnapping until 72 hours after the incident.
Hulk recently moved to Zenit in a €60m deal from FC Porto but endured a difficult start to life in Russia, also being ruled out of this week's fixtures due to injury.