Spartak Moscow embroiled in fresh racism storm after Twitter post

The video from Spartak Moscow was captioned'see how the chocolate melts in the sun

Spartak Moscow could be in trouble with UEFA after a twitter post from their official account referred to their own black players as 'chocolates'.

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'.

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

But the club was condemned by European anti-discrimination groups, which noted Spartak's - and Russia's - history of racism.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Piara Powar, executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe, highlighted the troubling nature of the tweet in a year when Russian Federation are set to host the World Cup. "References like this show how some minorities are seen by some in the country", Piara Powar, the head of FARE, said in a statement.

"This shows a shocking level of ignorance".

Spartak player Leonid Mironov is already facing a UEFA racism charge over alleged racist abuse of Liverpool's Rhian Brewster during a Youth League game in December.

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Spartak was ordered to close part of its stadium for another Youth League game after UEFA ruled its fans abused Liverpool striker Bobby Adekanye with monkey chants.

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

BBC Sport has requested a response from Spartak Moscow.

Spartak Moscow have sent a wave of consternation across social media today after posting a racially insensitive Tweet.

"Racism is one of the biggest issues Russian Federation faces in the year they host the World Cup, references of this kind show how some minorities are seen by some people in the country".

"With the World Cup only a few months away, it is a reminder that Russian Federation - as with the whole of football - has significant work to do to eradicate racism of all forms from the game".

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