Russian Federation 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.
Spartak are now in the UAE for a warm-weather training camp during the Russian Premier League's winter break.
The message was followed by several emojis of laughing faces, a sun and chocolate bars.
The club tweeted on Friday that Spartak player Georgi Dzhikiya would be taking over the official account though it is unclear if the defender wrote the video's caption.
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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.
Spartak later posted a video in which Fernando says: "At Spartak there is no racism". The players had their arms around each other, and Adriano said, "This is my friend, my brother".
The antidiscrimination group the FARE Network, which investigates racism issues for European soccer's governing body UEFA, criticized Spartak. "References like this show how some minorities are seen by some in the country", said Piara Powar.
Anti-racism group Kick it Out were quick to condemn Spartak's Twitter post, just months before Russian Federation are due to host the 2018 World Cup. "For Russia's biggest club to tolerate and then celebrate racist references of this kind is wrong".
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Spartak Moscow have sent a wave of consternation across social media today after posting a racially insensitive Tweet.
UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against a Spartak youth player last month after he allegedly racially abused a player from the English club Liverpool.
"They were sanctioned by the Russian FA for Islamophobic chanting but clearly the message has not reached the players or the club management".
"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".
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