Spartak Moscow send racist "chocolate" tweet

Brazil international Luiz Adriano was among the three players stretching in the Twitter video

Brazil international Luiz Adriano was among the three players stretching in the Twitter video

Federation Internationale de Football Association has condemned a racially-charged tweet by Russian champions Spartak Moscow which again spotlighted concerns about racism in this year's World Cup host nation.

Spartak tweeted a video of some black players training in sunny conditions with a message translating as "see how the chocolates melt in the sun".

The post, featuring chocolate bar and sun emoji symbols, has since been deleted. Spartak earlier said Dzhikiya would take control of its Twitter feed for the day.

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It is not the first time this season Spartak have found themselves at the centre of racism claims. "We are a friendly family".

The tweet came from the club's official account and shows Spartak trio Luiz Adriano, Pedro Rocha and Fernando stretching in the United Arab Emirates sunshine.

But in a subsequent tweet on Spartak's Twitter page, Brazilian midfielder Fernando said in a video message: "There is no racism at Spartak".

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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.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Piara Powar, executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe, highlighted the troubling nature of the tweet in a year when Russian Federation are set to host the World Cup. "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.

It led Piara Powar, the chief of anti-discriminatory body Fare, to tell BBC Sport: "Racism is one of the biggest issues Russian Federation faces in the year they host the World Cup". UEFA ordered them to partially close their academy stadium for a fixture after a section of fans were guilty of racist behaviour towards Nigeria-born Liverpool striker Bobby Adekanye.

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