Tuesday 18 December 2018

Steven Gerrard holds back U19 star at final whistle as Liverpool lodge complaint over alleged racist abuse

Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Liverpool have filed an official complaint to UEFA over alleged racist abuse suffered by U19 star Rhian Brewster during a Youth League match against Spartak Moscow this afternoon.

Brewster, who was top scorer during England's victorious U17 World Cup campaign in October, was visibly upset at the final whistle of Liverpool's 2-0 win and had to be held back by his team-mates and coaches, according to reports.

Liverpool U19 manager Steven Gerrard confirmed the club were dealing with the issue after the game.

"It’s difficult for me to comment on it right now," he told The Guardian.

"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."

In the first game between the sides in September, Spartak Moscow supporters were found to have racially abused Liverpool's Nigeria-born forward Bobby Adekanye and were ordered to close at least 500 seats for their next Uefa Youth League game as punishment.

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