Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Science | By Hubert Green

Spartak Moscow send racist "chocolate" tweet

Spartak Moscow send racist

Rocha, Fernando and Luiz Adriano are all black.

Spartak Moscow are embroiled in a fresh racism row after posting a tweet about three black players.

The post, which has subsequently been deleted, was released on the club's official and verified Twitter account on Saturday and included emoji symbols of chocolate bars and a sunshine in the headline. Deletes repetition of Russian Federation hosting World Cup detail. A message which translated as "see how the chocolates melt in the sun" accompanied the video, followed by three emojis of a smiley face.

Football equality group Kick it Out also criticised Spartak, saying the post "only continues to highlight the prejudices towards black people in Russian Federation".

It later posted a video in which Fernando says: "At Spartak there is no racism".

A later video showed Dzhikiya and the three Brazilians arm-in-arm, with the Russian global saying: "There is no racism at Spartak, we are all a big family".

Russian Federation is hosting the World Cup finals, which start June 14.

"This shows a shocking level of ignorance". References like this show how some minorities are seen by some in the country.

Anti-racism group Kick it Out were quick to condemn Spartak's Twitter post, just months before Russian Federation are due to host the 2018 World Cup.

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. Mironov denies any racist comments and has claimed Brewster made up the incident so he would be banned.

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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