Russian Club Spartak Moscow Spark Racism Row With Offensive Video

The video from Spartak Moscow was captioned'see how the chocolate melts in the sun

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

Spartak Moscow have sparked outrage on social media, after captioning a Twitter video featuring a number of their black players training in the sun with "See how the chocolate melts 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.

Although the post has since been deleted, it was condemned by anti-discrimination groups.

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

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

The incident comes just six months before Russian Federation hosts the World Cup, and is the second alleged incidence of racism in which the club have been involved this season. "References like this show how some minorities are seen by some in the country", said Piara Powar.

"With the World Cup only a few months away, it is a reminder that Russian Federation - as with the whole of football - has significant work to do to eradicate racism of all forms from the game".

Spartak were sanctioned by UEFA earlier this season after their supporters racially abused Liverpool forward Bobby Adekanye during the Reds' UEFA Youth League match in September.

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.

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