Sat12162017

LAST_UPDATESat, 16 Dec 2017 2pm

Rhian Brewster: Liverpool Report Alleged Racial Abuse Of Striker During Youth Game

Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster has alleged he was racially abused by a Spartak Moscow player during a Uefa Youth League game, his club says.

The England Under-17 international had to be calmed down by team-mates and staff at the end of Wednesday's match.

Brewster informed referee Mohammed Al-Hakim about the incident during the closing stages of Liverpool's 2-0 win.

The details were then passed on to the fourth official at Prenton Park, and Liverpool have complained to Uefa.

Brewster was a key part of the England squad that won the Under-17 World Cup in India in October, scoring a hat-trick in the semi-final against Brazil.

Anti-racism campaign group Kick It Out said it was "appalled" by the allegation and called for Uefa to show it was "serious" about tackling racial abuse.

"It is also extremely concerning to this organisation that yet another incident of racism has taken place involving a Russian club, particularly before the 2018 World Cup," the organisation added.

Liverpool Under-19 coach Steven Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo: "It's difficult for me to comment on it right now. It's something that the club will look into and deal with.

"I'd rather talk about Rhian Brewster's performance. I don't want to take any gloss off that because he was superb. The only thing that was missing from his performance was a goal."

In September, Liverpool's Nigeria-born attacker Bobby Adekanye was subjected to racist chants and gestures from Spartak supporters in Moscow.

European football's governing body Uefa charged Spartak, who had to partially close their academy stadium for their next Uefa Youth League fixture, leaving 500 seats empty.

- BBC