Russian Club Spartak Moscow Spark Racism Row With Offensive Video

Spartak spark racism storm with offensive tweet

Spartak spark racism storm with offensive tweet

The Russian club shared a video of several black players training in the sun in Abu Dhabi, along with the caption "See the chocolate melts in the sun", with a few chocolate emojis thrown in for good measure.

The post, which has subsequently been deleted, was released on the club's official and verified Twitter account on Saturday and included emoji symbols of chocolate bars and a sunshine in the headline.

There are reports that Spartak's Twitter account was actually being controlled by defender Georgi Dzhikiya at the time the tweet in question was posted.

Spartak later posted a video in which Fernando says: "At Spartak there is no racism".

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A later video showed Dzhikiya and the three Brazilians arm-in-arm, with the Russian worldwide saying: "There is no racism at Spartak, we are all a big family".

United Kingdom anti-discriminatory body Kick It Out slammed the Russian club's conduct while voicing their concerns with the start of the World Cup just five months away.

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian soccer champion Spartak Moscow was accused of racism Saturday after tweeting a message which appeared to refer to its own black players as "chocolates".

Spartak player Leonid Mironov is already facing a UEFA racism charge over alleged racist abuse of Liverpool's Rhian Brewster during a Youth League game in December.

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European football's governing body Uefa charged Spartak, who had to partially close their academy stadium for their next Uefa Youth League fixture, leaving 500 seats empty.

"It is a reminder, that along with the whole of football, there is significant work to do to eradicate racism of all forms from the sport". Brazil-born Lokomotiv Moscow goalkeeper Guilherme, twice capped by Russia, was recently subjected to racist chanting by Spartak fans in July's Russian Super Cup.

Russia, billed to host the FIFA World Cup in June has a long history of racial prejudices and intolerance.

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