Anti-discriminatory body Kick It Out said: “This social media post from the official account of Spartak Moscow only continues to highlight the prejudices towards black people in Russia.

“You have the adverts for Champions League games saying ‘no to racism’ in all the different languages. Idols of the game take part – but it still happens,” he said.

A number of Spartak players, which included striker Luiz Adriano, were filmed by defender Georgi Dzhikiya, who is said to have taken over the club’s official Twitter account for the day.

“Before the last Spartak game I was talking to Ben Woodburn and I said to him: ‘This doesn’t mean anything, I don’t know why I’m standing behind this banner anyway.’ We started laughing.

Spartak, who have been involved in a couple of racially charged incidents with Liverpool this season, filmed a handful of their players warming up at the club’s training ground on Saturday.

“This is just stupid and indefensible”.

In Moscow back in September, Nigeria-born attacker Bobby Adekanye was also subjected to sickening chants and gestures from Spartak supporters.

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