Spartak Moscow embroiled in fresh racism storm after Twitter post

Spartak Moscow embroiled in fresh racism storm after Twitter post

Spartak Moscow embroiled in fresh racism storm after Twitter post

Top Russian football club Spartak Moscow was accused of racism on Saturday after posting a video on Twitter alongside a message that appeared to refer to its own black players as "chocolates".

The post, featuring chocolate bar and sun emoji symbols, has since been deleted.

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

The tweet was published around 0900 GMT and retweeted over 1,400 times, triggering a wave of criticism before it was deleted nearly five hours later. "We are a friendly family".

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Adriano added that Dzhikiya is "like a brother to him".

"The player did not mean to offend anyone, he simply made an unfortunate joke". Deletes repetition of Russian Federation hosting World Cup detail.

The tweet comes just six months before Russian Federation hosts its first ever World Cup, and one week after Liverpool officially complained to UEFA over alleged racist abuse aimed at Rhian Brewster from Spartak players in the U19 match in December.

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

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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.

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. Brazilian striker Hulk said in July 2015 that he encountered racism in "almost every game" while playing for Zenit St Petersburg.

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

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

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