Wednesday 26 September 2018

UEFA investigation into alleged racist abuse suffered by Liverpool youngster 'fails to find any evidence'

Rhian Brewster
Rhian Brewster

UEFA's investigation into Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster's racism allegations against a Spartak Moscow player has failed to find any evidence to corroborate the claim.

European football's control, ethics and disciplinary body acknowledged the allegation was made in good faith by the 17-year-old but after a number of extensive interviews of players and match officials it came down to Brewster's word against Spartak captain Leonid Mironov.

Mironov admitted swearing at the England Under-17 World Cup winner during the Russian club's 2-0 defeat in the UEFA Youth League match at Prenton Park in December but denied using racist language.

Five players from each side plus the match officials were all questioned about the incident but none could confirm hearing any discriminatory language.

Kick It Out have reacted with "deep disappointment" after UEFA's investigation into Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster's allegation of racism found no evidence to corroborate the claim.

It came down to Brewster's word against Spartak Moscow defender Leonid Mironov after several interviews with players and officials from the UEFA Youth League match between the Reds and Spartak revealed no-one could confirm hearing any discriminatory language.

And a statement from Kick It Out said: "The organisation is deeply disappointed with the findings of the independent investigation, with this outcome likely to give further encouragement to those who wish to be abusive in the sport.

"Kick It Out believes there are issues with clubs, such as Spartak Moscow, who have been involved in several alleged racist incidents in recent years, receiving little or no discouragement by national and international football authorities in response to allegations of racism and discrimination.

"This underlying issue is compounded with any action taken in relation to racist or discriminatory incidents rarely being appropriate. This current situation is intolerable. "

The FA echoed the sentiments of Kick It Out after UEFA's investigation into Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster's allegation of racism found no evidence to corroborate the claim.

Kick It Out earlier reacted with "deep disappointment" after an investigation into the incident in the UEFA Youth League match between the Reds and Spartak Moscow revealed no-one could confirm hearing any discriminatory language from Spartak defender Leonid Mironov.

The FA though vowed to keep assisting UEFA in the fight against discrimination and a spokesperson said: "The FA believes that all forms of discrimination are completely unacceptable and any allegation must be fully investigated.

"We commend Rhian for his bravery throughout this process, during what would've been an incredibly difficult and challenging time for any young footballer.

"Whilst we are disappointed with today's decision we will continue to work with UEFA on how to best tackle incidents of discrimination in the future."

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