Spartak Moscow send racist "chocolate" tweet

Brazil international Luiz Adriano was among the three players stretching in the Twitter video

Brazil international Luiz Adriano was among the three players stretching in the Twitter video

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Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino insisted racism will not be tolerated during the tournament and said World Cup referees had been given the power to abandon matches should they deem it necessary.

Spartak Moscow are embroiled in a fresh racism row after posting a tweet about three black players.

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". A message which translated as "see how the chocolates melt in the sun" accompanied the video, followed by three emojis of a smiley face.

"This social media post from the official account of Spartak Moscow only continues to highlight the prejudices towards black people in Russian Federation", read a statement posted on the official Kick It Out Twitter page.

It later posted a video in which Fernando says: "At Spartak there is no racism".

Russian Federation is hosting the World Cup finals, which start June 14.

Anti-discrimination group FARE Network was among those to condemn the club, saying it had shown a "shocking level of ignorance".

Liverpool lodged a similar complaint against Spartak after Brewster's team-mate Bobby Adekanye was racially abused by the Russian club's fans during the reverse fixture in September.

"Racism is one of the biggest issues Russian Federation faces in the year they host the World Cup".

Leonid Mironov, the 19-year-old captain of the Spartak side, was charged with racist behaviour towards Rhian Brewster last month during a UEFA Youth League game against Liverpool.

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