UEFA awaits reports on alleged racist abuse against Liverpool forward Brewster

Annette Crawford
December 7, 2017

Already reeling from the doping scandal that has reverberated through world sport, Russian football has been hit with its latest claim of racism, this time against Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster who has alleged he was abused by a Spartak Moscow player during a UEFA Youth League game on Wednesday.

Liverpool's 2-0 win over Spartak in the U-19 league ended in angry scenes, with Brewster needing to be restrained by team-mates Elijah Dixon-Bonner, Liam Millar and Curtis Jones after being upset by a comment from an opponent. The England Under-17 worldwide had to be calmed down by team mates and staff at the end of the match and Brewster informed referee Mohammed Al-Hakim about the incident during the closing stages of Liverpool's 2-0 win, the BBC reported.

Brewster appeared to be seeking out the player he considered to be the perpetrator. Liverpool Under-19 coach Steven Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo: "It's hard for me to comment on it right now. It's something that the club will look into and deal with", he said.

Following the incident at Prenton Park, home of Tranmere Rovers, Liverpool said only they had "followed the proper procedure by reporting the alleged incident to UEFA".

The two sets of players did not shake hands at the final whistle and Brewster had to be calmed down by Liverpool coach Gerrard while the club's academy director Alex Inglethorpe spoke to the referee.

"Kick It Out believes that UEFA must respond robustly to this incident to demonstrate that racism has no place in football, and expects FIFA and the Russian FA to ensure this is not a sign of things to come next summer".

On that occasion, it was Russian supporters who were accused.

Although Spartak were charged, investigated and subsequently found guilty, the punishment was lenient.

In September, Liverpool's Nigerian-born forward Bobby Adekanye was subjected to chants and gestures from some Spartak supporters, for which the Russian side were charged and forced to partially close their stadium for a game.

Its statement read: "Less than two months ago, Spartak Moscow supporters were found guilty of racially abusing Liverpool's Bobby Adenkanye, however it is clear that Uefa's punishment of a partial stadium closure was far from sufficient to protect Liverpool's players".

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