Spartak spark racism storm with offensive tweet
Russian Premier League side Spartak Moscow have caused controversy by posting a racially insensitive tweet from their warm weather training camp.
A video uploaded to the club's Twitter page that appeared to show Pedro Rocha, Fernando and Luiz Adriano performing stretching exercises in Dubai was captioned: "See how chocolate melt [sic] in the sun".
Rocha, Fernando and Luiz Adriano are all black.
It is not the first time this season Spartak have found themselves at the centre of racism claims.
— FC Spartak Moscow (@fcsm_official) January 13, 2018
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.
The 19-year-old faces a minimum ban of 10 matches if found guilty by European football's governing body.
After the initial game between the sides in Moscow this season, Liverpool made a complaint after Brewster's team-mate Bobby Adekanye was racially abused by fans.