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Spartak Moscow Disgrace Themselves With Racial Slur At Their Own Players

Spartak Moscow Disgrace Themselves With Racial Slur At Their Own Players

Spartak Moscow once again find themselves mired in a racism scandal, this morning tweeting a racial slur about one of their own players.

A video of some of the black members of the squad warming up in sunshine was accompanied with the caption, "see how chocolate melts in the sun".

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Outraged condemnations and demands for an apology followed.

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It's the latest controversy to come from the club. Spartak's under-19 captain  Leonid Mironov has been charged by UEFA for racially abusing Liverpool's Rhian Brewster in a UEFA Youth League match in December.

One body presumably unperturbed by this latest story from Russia is FIFA, who, having given the World Cup to Russia, disbanded their anti-racism taskforce in September 2016 last year declaring that their "work was done".

The Russian football union, however, have put former Chelsea midfielder Alexi Smertin in charge of investigating racism in Russian football. He was appointed to this noble position in 2017, two years after telling the BBC World Service that, "there’s no racism in Russia, because it doesn’t exist".

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Gavin Cooney
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