Spartak Moscow posts 'racist' tweet about its own players

Spartak Moscow posts 'racist' tweet about its own players

Spartak Moscow could be in trouble with UEFA after a twitter post from their official account referred to their own black players as 'chocolates'.

A video uploaded to the club's Twitter page that appeared to show Pedro Rocha, Fernando and Luiz Adriano performing stretching exercises in Dubai was captioned: "See how chocolate melts in the sun".

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

The club tweeted on Friday that Spartak player Georgi Dzhikiya would be taking over the official account though it is unclear if the defender wrote the video's caption.

But the club was condemned by European anti-discrimination groups, which noted Spartak's - and Russia's - history of racism.

It is not the first time Spartak have been censured over racist behaviour this season.

Powar noted that the club's fans had recently been punished for Islamophobic chants.

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Football equality group Kick it Out also criticised Spartak, saying the post "only continues to highlight the prejudices towards black people in Russian Federation".

"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".

Spartak was ordered to close part of its stadium for another Youth League game after UEFA ruled its fans abused Liverpool striker Bobby Adekanye with monkey chants.

Concerns remain as to the potential racist abuse black players from across the world could face when they represent their countries in Russian Federation during the World Cup 2018 this summer.

Russian Federation has pledged to crack down on racism as the country faces increased scrutiny ahead of this year's World Cup.

They are also now being investigated by UEFA over allegations that Reds youngster Rhian Brewster was racially abused during a UEFA Youth League match at the Spartak Academy in Moscow back in December.

Spartak Moscow have already been in trouble with UEFA this year for racist behviour.

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