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Russian FA fines Spartak Moscow spokesman over player's offensive tweet

The head of Spartak Moscow's public relations department has been fined after a player posted a tweet to the club account describing his own black teammates as "chocolates."

A video on the club's Twitter account this month showed Brazilian players Luiz Adriano, Pedro Rocha, and Fernando exercising during a training camp in the United Arab Emirates.

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

FIFA condemned...

Russia's Giorgi Jikia doubt for World Cup after tearing ACL

Giorgi Jikia is a doubt to play for Russia in the World Cup.

Russia defender Giorgi Jikia tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a club friendly on Thursday and could be ruled out of the World Cup.

Jikia hurt his left knee while playing for Spartak Moscow against Chinese team Shanghai SIPG in the United Arab Emirates.

Video footage showed him clutching his knee and howling in pain, before being taken away on a stretcher.

Spartak said in a statement that Jikia has been released from hospital and is in the team hotel, but that he will require an operation.

"It...

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FIFA condemns offensive Spartak tweet, sanction up to Russian FA

FIFA has said Spartak's punishment is up to the Russian FA.

FIFA has condemned Spartak Moscow after the club posted an offensive message on their own official Twitter feed on Saturday.

The Russian side tweeted a video of black players training in the sun with the caption translating as: "See how the chocolates melt in the sun."

It led Piara Powar, the chief of anti-discriminatory body Fare, to tell BBC Sport: "Racism is one of the biggest issues Russia faces in the year they host the World Cup. References like this show how some minorities are seen...

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Bayern Munich and Spartak Moscow both fined for UCL crowd disturbances

Bayern Munich have been fined €20,000 and Spartak Moscow €3,000 following crowd disturbances during Champions League matches.

The Germans were charged by UEFA with two incidents -- the throwing of objects and displaying an illicit banner -- during the Group B match against Anderlecht in Belgium on Nov. 22.

Spartak, meanwhile, had been charged by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body over the setting off of fireworks during the Group E fixture against Maribor in Moscow on Nov....

Leonid Mironov's agent calls Rhian Brewster racial abuse claims 'absurd'

The ESPN FC crew laud all of Rhian Brewster's accomplishments in the U17 World Cup, but agree that his Liverpool debut is not imminent.
Rhian Brewster during a Liverpool youth game against Sevilla.
Rhian Brewster has alleged he was racially abused during a match against Spartak Moscow.

LIVERPOOL -- The agent of Leonid Mironov agent has denied claims that the Spartak Moscow youngster racially abused Liverpool's Rhian Brewster.

On Thursday, UEFA charged Mironov, 19, with racist behaviour during Liverpool's UEFA Youth League match with Spartak at Prenton Park.

At the end of the 2-0 win for Steven Gerrard's team, Brewster had to be restrained by teammates and Liverpool staff before the Merseyside club reported to UEFA that they believed the 17-year-old was subject to racial abuse.

Mironov's...