Russian Club Spartak Moscow Spark Racism Row With Offensive Video

Russian Club Spartak Moscow Spark Racism Row With Offensive Video

Russian Club Spartak Moscow Spark Racism Row With Offensive Video

Russian Premier League side Spartak Moscow have caused controversy by posting a racially insensitive tweet from their warm weather training camp.

The tweet came from the club's official account and shows Spartak trio Luiz Adriano, Pedro Rocha and Fernando stretching in the United Arab Emirates sunshine.

Spartak later posted a video in which Fernando says: "At Spartak there is no racism".

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

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

It is the second time in three months that Spartak have been embroiled in a racism scandal after Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster accused one of the Russian side's youth players of racially abusing him during a UEFA Youth League match in December.

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.

"It is a reminder, that along with the whole of football, there is significant work to do to eradicate racism of all forms from the sport".

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. Brazilian striker Hulk said in July 2015 that he encountered racism in "almost every game" while playing for Zenit St Petersburg.

Spartak Moscow have already been in trouble with UEFA this year for racist behviour.

In response to Spartak's post, the UK-based anti-discriminatory body Kick It Out suggested the tweet underlined the prejudices faced by black people in Russian Federation, which will host the World Cup later this year.

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