Spartak Moscow embroiled in fresh racism storm after Twitter post

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Amid the outcry on social media, Spartak deleted the controversial tweet.

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Spartak Moscow are at the centre of a racism storm after captioning a video of three black players training with the words "see how the chocolates melt in the sun".

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'.

"This social media post from the official account of Spartak Moscow only continues to highlight the prejudices towards black people in Russian Federation".

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

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Defender Georgi Dzhikiya was in charge of the Spartak Twitter account on Saturday and had already posted several other videos.

Anti-discrimination group FARE Network was among those to condemn the club, saying it had shown a "shocking level of ignorance".

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". "References like this show how some minorities are seen by some in the country", said Piara Powar.

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.

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.

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.

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