[Watch] Russian Club Spartak Moscow Spark Racism Row With Offensive Video
Russia 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 club uploaded a video to it’s Twitter page that appeared to show Pedro Rocha, Fernando and Luiz Adriano – all dark-skinned – performing stretching exercises in Dubai and captioned it: “See how chocolate melt [sic] in the sun”.
— FC Spartak Moscow (@fcsm_official) January 13, 2018
It is not the first time this season Spartak have found themselves at the centre of racism claims.
Leonid Mironov, the club’s youth-team captain, was last month charged with racist behaviour towards Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster during a UEFA Youth League match.
The 19-year-old faces a minimum ban of 10 matches if found guilty by European football’s governing body.
After the initial game between the sides in Moscow this season, Liverpool made a complaint after Brewster’s team-mate Bobby Adekanye was racially abused by fans.
Russia, billed to host the FIFA World Cup in June has a long history of racial prejudices and intolerance.