The Russian football club Spartak Moscow has drawn accusations of racism over a tweet they published about some of their players. A video posted on the club's Twitter account showed Brazilian players Luiz Adriano, Pedro Rocha and Fernando exercising during a training camp in the United Arab Emirates.
Spartak Moscow could be in trouble with UEFA after a twitter post from their official account referred to their own black players as 'chocolates'.
Spartak have already been punished by UEFA for racism this season having been fined £33,000 for offences committed by their fans during a Champions League tie against Liverpool in October.
A later video showed Dzhikiya and the three Brazilians arm-in-arm, with the Russian global saying: "There is no racism at Spartak, we are all a big family".
"Spartak apologises for this unfortunate phrase", a spokesman for the club told news agency TASS.
Spartak Moscow have sent a wave of consternation across social media today after posting a racially insensitive Tweet.
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It is not the first time Spartak have been censured over racist behaviour this season.
Liverpool striker Bobby Adekanye was subjected to racist chants and gestures from Spartak supporters in Moscow during a Uefa Youth League game in September, while last month Spartak defender Leonid Mironov was charged with racially abusing Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster.
Spartak fans were also found guilty of abusing Liverpool's Bobby Adekanye during a Youth League fixture in Russian Federation.
Spartak were found guilty in that instance and were made to partially close their academy ground for one match.
In response to Spartak's post, the UK-based anti-discriminatory body Kick It Out suggested the tweet underlined the prejudices faced by black people in Russian Federation, which will host the World Cup later this year.