Liverpool's Brewster accuses UEFA of brushing racism 'under the carpet'

Glen Mclaughlin
December 31, 2017

Rhian Brewster has revealed the racial abuse that he has suffered playing for Liverpool and England Under-17 and expressed his frustration at football's failure to tackle the issue.

The 17-year-old, who is yet to feature for Liverpool's first team, says he has witnessed racial abuse - either aimed at him or a teammate - seven times this year."I don't think UEFA take this thing seriously".

Liverpool are still waiting to hear if action will be taken against Spartak's Leonid Mironov after the most recent incident at Tranmere last month.

"We give him all the support he needs, he wants and all the support you can give", said the German.

In Liverpool's previous meeting with Spartak in the competition, supporters of the Russian club directed monkey chants at black players and the subsequent punishment was a fine, the closing of 500 seats in their academy stadium and being forced to display an "Equal Game" banner in that area of the stand.

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The English FA made representations to Uefa and Federation Internationale de Football Association regarding the allegations.

"To be honest, I don't think there is any point". The next day I'll still be thinking about it.Under UEFA's rules any player found guilty of making racial slurs can be suspended for a minimum of 10 matches.

"I said: 'Come on, then - let's go and report it.' He started doing something else and I said: 'No, now.' We went over to the fourth official and told him. That is how it feels anyway".

"I am really long in the business, in the sport, and I never faced a situation like that".

"Obviously it happens all the time and I am happy that he has been fearless enough to do what he did". I was walking down the tunnel swearing: 'F*** the system, it's not going to do anything.' Obviously you have to (make a complaint). It is such an important thing. I really can't believe that people have these kind of thoughts still in their minds, it's so odd in this world that it happens. "I need help, we need help and we have to stop that".

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