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14 January 2018, 12:32 | Lucia Cruz
Spartak spark racism storm with offensive tweet
The tweet was published around 0900 GMT and retweeted over 1,400 times, triggering a wave of criticism before it was deleted nearly five hours later. Fixes spelling of Luiz Adriano's first name.
Russian champions Spartak Moscow, already sanctioned by UEFA this season for racist behaviour, sparked further condemnation on Saturday after a club tweet that likened its black players to "chocolates".
The post, which has subsequently been deleted, was released on the club's official and verified Twitter account on Saturday and included emoji symbols of chocolate bars and a sunshine in the headline.
United Kingdom anti-discriminatory body Kick It Out slammed the Russian club's conduct while voicing their concerns with the start of the World Cup just five months away.
It later posted a video in which Fernando says: "At Spartak there is no racism. We are a friendly family".
Spartak Moscow have sent a wave of consternation across social media today after posting a racially insensitive Tweet.
Russian Federation is hosting the World Cup finals, which start June 14.
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.
Anti-discrimination group FARE Network was among those to condemn the club, saying it had shown a "shocking level of ignorance". "References like this show how some minorities are seen by some in the country", said Piara Powar.
The incident comes just six months before Russian Federation hosts the World Cup, and is the second alleged incidence of racism in which the club have been involved this season.
Spartak fans were also found guilty of abusing Liverpool's Bobby Adekanye during a Youth League fixture in Russian Federation.
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