In Summary
  • Spartak tweeted a video of Brazilian players Fernando, Luiz Adriano and Pedro Rocha training in sunny conditions at a team camp in Dubai alongside a caption translated to "see how chocolates melt in the sun".
  • The tweet was published around 0900 GMT (1200 EAT) and retweeted over 1,400 times, triggering a wave of criticism before it was deleted almost five hours later.

MOSCOW

Russian champions Spartak Moscow, already sanctioned by Uefa this season for racist behaviour, sparked further condemnation on Saturday after a club tweet that likened its black players to "chocolates".

Spartak tweeted a video of Brazilian players Fernando, Luiz Adriano and Pedro Rocha training in sunny conditions at a team camp in Dubai alongside a caption translated to "see how chocolates melt in the sun".

The tweet was published around 0900 GMT (1200 EAT) and retweeted over 1,400 times, triggering a wave of criticism before it was deleted almost five hours later.

Several hours after the initial tweet, Spartak published another post with midfielder Fernando, speaking in Russian, saying that there was "no racism at Spartak, we are friends and a family."

UK anti-discriminatory body Kick It Out slammed the Russian club's conduct while voicing their concerns with just five months to go before the start of the World Cup.

"This social media post from the official account of Spartak Moscow only continues to highlight the prejudices towards black people in Russia," the organisation said.

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