Liverpool reports Spartak over youth game ‘racism’

Teenage striker Rhian Brewster was allegedly subjected to racist abuse by the Russian club’s players.

Rhian Brewster won the FIFA U-17 World Cup with England in India earlier this year.   -  K. R. Deepak

Liverpool has reported Spartak Moscow to UEFA, the English club confirmed on Wednesday, after teenage striker Rhian Brewster was allegedly subjected to racist abuse by the Russian club’s players.

Brewster, who won the Under-17 World Cup with England in October, was visibly irate at the end of Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Spartak in the UEFA Youth League and had to be restrained by team-mates and coaching staff.

‘Proper procedure’

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

Its complaint is understood to concern a matter of racist abuse. The matter arose shortly before the Champions League group game between Liverpool and Spartak’s senior teams at Anfield.

Liverpool lodged a similar complaint against Spartak after Brewster’s team-mate Bobby Adekanye was racially abused by the Russian club’s fans during the reverse fixture in September. Spartak was found guilty in that instance and was made to partially close its academy ground for one match.

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