Spartak Moscow could be in trouble with UEFA after a twitter post from their official account referred to their own black players as ‘chocolates.’
The Russian side posted the offending tweet (that at the time of writing is somehow still up) as a caption in a video that featured black players training in the sun – and also included chocolate bar emojis just in case their words weren’t conveying the message well enough.
— FC Spartak Moscow (@fcsm_official) January 13, 2018
Anti-racism group Kick it Out were quick to condemn Spartak’s Twitter post, just months before Russia are due to host the 2018 World Cup.
The statement read:
“This social media post from the official account of Spartak Moscow only continues to highlight the prejudices towards black people in Russia.
“With the World Cup only a few months away, it is a reminder that Russia – as with the whole of football – has significant work to do to eradicate racism of all forms from the game.”
Spartak Moscow have already been in trouble with UEFA this year for racist behviour. The club were forced to partially close their stadium by 500 seats after supporters shouted racially offensive chants at Liverpool’s Bobby Adekanye during a UEFA Youth League match in September, while striker Rhian Brewster went public with his abuse by opposition defender Leonid Mironov – a case that UEFA have said will be dealt with by their Ethics and Disciplinary division.
European football’s governing body have yet to comment on this latest controversy involving the 2017 Russian champions.