The wife of Brazilian football star Luiz Adriano has revealed she received death threats over their relationship.
Ekaterina Dorozhko met Adriano during his two-year stint with Spartak Moscow in her homeland of Russia.
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And she’s now revealed the disgusting abuse she received after moving to Brazil when Adriano joined Palmeiras last year.
“In the beginning, when I went to football in Brazil, people had the courage to shout at me “look, the Russian is coming, hahaha’,” she posted on Instagram.
“Every day, for a long time, I received messages where they wished me death, wished illness on my parents and promised to find me, beat me and many other terrible things because I am married to a black man.
“I'm lucky because I have nerves of steel and I stopped paying attention.”
Dorozhko opened up about her own ordeal amid the protests engulfing America after the death of George Floyd.
“My heart hurts because of what is happening in the world,” she added.
“I thank my parents for my education and my view of the world. I have never separated people by skin colour, hair colour or status. For me, we are all the same.
“Half of my family is black and I love them all so much. I was afraid that they would not accept me because I am Russian and I have a different mentality and my whole life is very different.
“Why is there so much cruelty in people? After all, love and friendship knows no colour.
“If hell and paradise exist, then hell is here on Earth. I wish and dream that we all become kinder and wiser because the future depends on us.”
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Floyd died on May 25 in Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed his knee into the 46-year-old African-American man's neck while he was handcuffed and saying that he couldn't breathe.
Numerous prominent athletes, including NBA great Michael Jordan, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo, have spoken out in recent days as anti-police brutality and anti-racism marches and rallies boiled over across the country.
Liverpool players took a knee at Premier League training on Monday while Manchester United stars Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba took to social media to voice their stance against racism.
Former five-division world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather has also offered to cover Floyd's funeral costs.