Federation Internationale de Football Association has condemned a racially-charged tweet by Russian champions Spartak Moscow which again spotlighted concerns about racism in this year's World Cup host nation.
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".
There are reports that Spartak's Twitter account was actually being controlled by defender Georgi Dzhikiya at the time the tweet in question was posted.
Spartak were instantly condemned on Twitter after posting the video with social media users calling the club a "disgrace" and accusing them of racism.
Spartak Moscow, Russian league champs previous year, later posted a video in which one of the three Brazilian players in the earlier post, Fernando, denied there was any racism at the club. "References like this show how some minorities are seen by some in the country", Piara Powar, the head of FARE, said in a statement.
Football equality group Kick it Out also criticised Spartak, saying the post "only continues to highlight the prejudices towards black people in Russian Federation".
"They were sanctioned by the Russian FA for Islamophobic chanting but clearly the message has not reached the players or the club management".
UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against a Spartak youth player last month after he allegedly racially abused a player from the English club Liverpool.
"With the World Cup only a few months away, it is a reminder that Russian Federation - as with the whole of football - has significant work to do to eradicate racism of all forms from the game".
But Russia has vowed to ensure fans' safety when it hosts the 2018 World Cup by cracking down on both hooliganism and racism.
Spartak Moscow have been fined on several occasions for their fans' racist behaviour.