Spartak spark racism storm with offensive tweet

Spartak players Pedro Rocha Neves and Fernando smile to the camera for the Twitter video

Spartak players Pedro Rocha Neves and Fernando smile to the camera for the Twitter video

Russian Federation and it's troubled racism slurs are in the news again after Premier League side Spartak Moscow caused controversy by posting a racially insensitive tweet from their warm weather training camp.

The post, featuring chocolate bar and sun emoji symbols, has since been deleted.

The message was followed by several emojis of laughing faces, a sun and chocolate bars.

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

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The same phrase is heard during the video, apparently spoken by Spartak and Russian Federation defender Georgy Dzhikiya.

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

Rocha, Fernando and Luiz Adriano are all black. "I love you, my friend".

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Russia, billed to host the FIFA World Cup in June has a long history of racial prejudices and intolerance.

Anti-discrimination group FARE Network was among those to condemn the club, saying it had shown a "shocking level of ignorance". "References like this show how some minorities are seen by some in the country", said Piara Powar.

"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".

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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Spartak fans were also found guilty of abusing Liverpool's Bobby Adekanye during a Youth League fixture in Russian Federation.

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