No racism here, say black Spartak players after club's 'chocolates' tweet

No racism here, say black Spartak players after club's 'chocolates' tweet
From BBC - January 14, 2018

Spartak Moscow players described as "chocolates melting in the sun" by the Russian team's Twitter account have said "there is no racism" at the club.

The post accompanied a video, filmed by defender Georgi Dzhikiya, that showed three black players training in sunny conditions. It has since been deleted.

In a new video message, Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano said Dzhikiya was "my brother" and "a club legend".

He added: "I love you my friend. There's no racism at Spartak."

Dzhikiya said: "There is no racism in our team, we are all brothers, we are one big family."

Midfielder Fernando and winger Pedro Rocha - the other two players refered to as "chocolates" -also appeared smiling alongside Dzhikiya, who kisses Adriano on the cheek. They repeat the message that "there is no racism at Spartak".

Fifa said it "condemns the message published on the Twitter account of Spartak Moscow".

"As said many times, any form of discrimination on or outside the field is unacceptable and has no place in football," world football's governing body added.

Russia is scheduled to host the 2018 World Cup this summer.


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