Spartak Moscow embroiled in fresh racism storm after Twitter post

Spartak Moscow embroiled in fresh racism storm after Twitter post

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.

"This social media post from the official account of Spartak Moscow only continues to highlight the prejudices towards black people in Russian Federation", read a statement posted on the official Kick It Out Twitter page.

Spartak Moscow have been accused of racism after posting a video of three black players stretching during a warm-weather training session with the caption "see how the chocolate melts in the sun".

It is not the first time this season Spartak have found themselves at the centre of racism claims.

Screengrab of the tweet on Spartak Moscow's account before it was deleted.

In September, Liverpool's Nigeria-born attacker Bobby Adekanye was subjected to racist chants and gestures from Spartak supporters in Moscow during a Uefa Youth League game.

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Spartak have already been punished by UEFA for racism this season having been fined £33,000 for offences committed by their fans during a Champions League tie against Liverpool in October.

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.

Russian Federation has pledged to crack down on racism as the country faces increased scrutiny ahead of this year's World Cup.

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

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