Russia and it’s troubled racism slurs are in the news again after Premier League side Spartak Moscow caused controversy by posting a racially insensitive tweet from their warm weather training camp.
The club uploaded a video to it’s Twitter page that appeared to show Pedro Rocha, Fernando and Luiz Adriano – all dark-skinned – performing stretching exercises in Dubai and captioned it: “See how chocolate melt [sic] in the sun”.
It is not the first time this season Spartak have found themselves at the centre of racism claims.
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.
Russia, billed to host the FIFA World Cup in June has a long history of racial prejudices and intolerance.