Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Spartak Moscow under fire for "chocolate" tweet

Spartak Moscow under fire for

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.

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

The Russian club shared a video of several black players training in the sun in Abu Dhabi, along with the caption "See the chocolate melts in the sun", with a few chocolate emojis thrown in for good measure.

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

"It is a reminder that, along with the whole of football, there is significant work to do to eradicate racism of all forms from the sport".

"This shows a shocking level of ignorance", said Powar in a statement responding to Spartak's tweet.

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

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

Last month, Spartak defender Leonid Mironov was charged with racially abusing Reds striker Rhian Brewster after an incident during the return Uefa Youth League game between the sides at Prenton Park.

The 19-year-old faces a minimum ban of 10 matches if found guilty by European football's governing body.

Concerns remain as to the potential racist abuse black players from across the world could face when they represent their countries in Russian Federation during the World Cup 2018 this summer.

For Russia's biggest club to tolerate and then celebrate racist references of this kind is wrong.

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