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Russian Club Spartak Moscow Spark Racism Row With Offensive Video

Russian Club Spartak Moscow Spark Racism Row With Offensive Video

Federation Internationale de Football Association has condemned a racially-charged tweet by Russian champions Spartak Moscow which again spotlighted concerns about racism in this year's World Cup host nation.

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.

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

The antidiscrimination group the FARE Network, which investigates racism issues for European soccer's governing body UEFA, criticized Spartak.

Several hours after the initial tweet, Spartak published another post with midfielder Fernando, speaking in Russian, saying that there was "no racism at Spartak, we are friends and a family". "For Russia's biggest club to tolerate and then celebrate racist references of this kind is wrong".

Kick It Out, another anti-descrimination organization, issued a statement of its own: "This social media post from the official account of Spartak Moscow only continues to highlight the prejudices towards black people in Russian Federation", it read.

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It's the third time Spartak have been at the centre of racism controversy in a matter of months.

Concerns remain as to the potential racist abuse black players from across the world could face when they represent their countries in Russian Federation during the World Cup 2018 this summer.

Powar noted that the club's fans had recently been punished for Islamophobic chants.

Spartak defender Leonid Mironov has also been charged with racially abusing Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster.

"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.