Spartak Moscow Criticised For "Racist" Tweet About Own Players

Spartak Moscow Criticised For

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.

A video posted on the club's Twitter account showed Brazilian players Luiz Adriano, Pedro Rocha and Fernando exercising during a training camp in the United Arab Emirates.

Spartak Moscow, Russian league champs previous year, later posted a video in which one of the three Brazilian players in the earlier post, Fernando, denied there was any racism at the club.

Defender Georgi Dzhikiya was in charge of the Spartak Twitter account on Saturday and had already posted several other videos. Dzhikiya was reportedly speaking the same phrase in the video. The players had their arms around each other, and Adriano said, "This is my friend, my brother".

A later video showed Dzhikiya and the three Brazilians arm-in-arm, with the Russian global saying: "There is no racism at Spartak, we are all a big family".

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

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"This shows a shocking level of ignorance".

Leonid Mironov, the 19-year-old captain of the Spartak side, was charged with racist behaviour towards Rhian Brewster last month during a UEFA Youth League game against Liverpool.

Football equality group Kick it Out also criticised Spartak, saying the post "only continues to highlight the prejudices towards black people in Russian Federation".

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.

"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".

The tweet has been greeted with outrage online, as the country prepares to host the World Cup later this summer.

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