Wednesday 12 December 2018

Liverpool teenager claims racial abuse

England Under-17 and Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster Photo: PA
England Under-17 and Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster Photo: PA

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool and England striker Rhian Brewster says one of his team-mates was racially abused during the nation's U-17 World Cup final victory earlier this season.

The teenager striker - star of the youth tournament - has chronicled a series of incidents in which he and colleagues were targeted with racial slurs, two while representing his country.

The English FA made representations to Uefa and Fifa regarding the allegations. They are still awaiting a response from the world governing body.

According to Brewster, Wolves teenager Morgan Gibbs-White was abused by a Spanish player during the final in October.

"As Morgan was running away, he (a Spain player) has called him a monkey," Brewster said.

"It was a goal-kick and I was getting into position. 'Morgan,' I said, 'did you hear that?' He said, 'Yeah, yeah, I thought I was the only one.'"

The Liverpool youngster says he was also abused during last May's U-17 European Championship in Ukraine - as well as in several club games in the UEFA Youth League.

Last month there were angry scenes as Brewster had to be held back by team-mates at the final whistle following Liverpool's home meeting with Spartak Moscow.

"I got fouled. I was on the floor. Their player leaned over me, right down to my face and said, 'Suck my d***, you n*****, you n*****.'

"I didn't even want to put in a complaint. I was walking down the tunnel swearing, 'F*** the system, it's not going to do anything'. I don't think Uefa take this thing seriously. They don't really care. That is how it feels anyway." (© Daily Telegraph, London).

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