Spartak Moscow Tweets Racist Post About Own Players

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2018

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 10: Quincy Promes of FC Spartak Moscow scores a goal past Igor Akinfeev of PFC CSKA Moscow during the Russian Premier League match between FC Spartak Moscow and PFC CSKA Moscow at Otkrytie Arena stadium on December 10, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)
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Russian club Spartak Moscow tweeted a video accompanied by a racist reference to their own players on Saturday.

The club uploaded a video of four of their players in training, three of whom are black:

According to BBC Sport, the text accompanying the video translated as, "See how the chocolates melt in the sun."

Several hours later, Spartak tweeted another video, which Russian football expert Artur Petrosyan translated:

Piara Powar, head of anti-discriminatory group Fare, said:

"Racism is one of the biggest issues Russia faces in the year they host the World Cup. References like this show how some minorities are seen by some in the country.

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

"They were sanctioned for Islamophobic chanting recently, but clearly the message has not reached the players or the club management."

The Kick It Out campaign also reacted to the post:

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.

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

According to the Guardian's Alec Luhn, there were over 150 reports involving racism between 2012 and 2014 alone.

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