Spartak Moscow Condemned By Anti-Racism Groups For Offensive Twitter Post

Florence Fletcher
January 13, 2018

Spartak Moscow are embroiled in a fresh racism row after sending a tweet about three black players.

The players in the clip are thought to be Brazilian trio Fernando, Luiz Adriano and Pedro Roch in training with Spartak, who are in the United Arab Emirates for a warm-weather training camp during the Russian Premier League's winter break.

Spartak Moscow once again find themselves mired in a racism scandal, this morning tweeting a racial slur about one of their own players.

Russian champions Spartak Moscow published a racially-charged tweet on Saturday that sparked outrage in the worldwide soccer community as the country prepares to hold the World Cup.

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. "References like this show how some minorities are seen by some in the country", said Piara Powar.

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According to BBC Sport, the text accompanying the video translated as, "See how the chocolates melt in the sun".

It's the third time Spartak have been at the centre of racism controversy in a matter of months.

In the return fixture at Prenton Park, Spartak defender Leonid Mironov allegedly abused Rhian Brewster and has also been charged by UEFA.

The controversial social media posting comes a day after Russia's foreign ministry accused the British media of "conjuring up" government-led propaganda in the buildup to the World Cup.

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