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

Russian Club Spartak Moscow Spark Racism Row With Offensive Video

Spartak Moscow Disgrace Themselves With Racial Slur At Their Own Players

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

A video published on the club's official Twitter page shows some of their players at a training session, and carries the caption 'see how the chocolate melt in the sun'.

Outraged condemnations and demands for an apology followed.

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Piara Powar, chief of anti-discriminatory body Fare, told BBC Sport: "Racism is one of the biggest issues Russian Federation faces in the year they host the World Cup". He was appointed to this noble position in 2017, two years after telling the BBC World Service that, "there's no racism in Russian Federation, because it doesn't exist".

"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".

The club were forced to partially close their stadium by 500 seats after supporters shouted racially offensive chants at Liverpool's Bobby Adekanye during a UEFA Youth League match in September, while striker Rhian Brewster went public with his abuse by opposition defender Leonid Mironov - a case that UEFA have said will be dealt with by their Ethics and Disciplinary division.

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

The alleged incident took place during a Uefa Youth League game at Prenton Park, which Liverpool won 2-0 in December.

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