Spartak Moscow in racism row over tweet about own players

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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, 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.

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".

It is the third time in a matter of months Spartak have been embroiled in a controversy over racism.

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

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Spartak have already been punished by UEFA for racism this season having been fined £33,000 for offences committed by their fans during a Champions League tie against Liverpool in October.

In September, Liverpool's Nigeria-born attacker Bobby Adekanye was subjected to racist chants and gestures from Spartak supporters in Moscow during a Uefa Youth League game.

The 19-year-old faces a minimum ban of 10 matches if found guilty by European football's governing body.

"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".

Russian Federation host the 2018 World Cup finals in June but some players have raised concerns over their suitability given that racist incidents remain commonplace in the country's domestic league.