Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Spartak Moscow condemned by anti-racism groups after offensive tweet

Action not FIFA's 'responsibility' after condemning offensive Spartak tweet Action not FIFA's 'responsibility' after condemning offensive Spartak tweet
Noah Ferguson | 13 January, 2018, 18:32

A video published on the club's official Twitter page shows some of their players at a training session, and carries the caption 'see how the chocolate melt in the sun'.

The message was accompanied by several emojis of laughing faces and chocolate bars, above a 13-second clip showing the players, reported to be the Brazilian trio Fernando, Luiz Adriano and Pedro Rocha, smiling while stretching in sunny conditions.

Spartak Moscow have sent a wave of consternation across social media today after posting a racially insensitive Tweet. He was appointed to this noble position in 2017, two years after telling the BBC World Service that, "there's no racism in Russian Federation, because it doesn't exist".

"For Russia's biggest club to tolerate and then celebrate racist references of this kind is wrong", FARE executive director Piara Powar said in a statement.

Anti-racism group Kick it Out were quick to condemn Spartak's Twitter post, just months before Russian Federation are due to host the 2018 World Cup.

BBC Sport has requested a response from Spartak Moscow.

It is the third time in a matter of months Spartak have been embroiled in a controversy over racism.

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.

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.

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