Russian charged over Brewster abuse
Europe’s governing body, Uefa, has charged a Spartak Moscow youth player with racism following alleged abuse against Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster.
Liverpool made a formal complaint after their 2-0 win in the Uefa Youth League tie on Wednesday. Brewster was visibly upset by onfield remarks from Leonid Mironov. Submissions were made and it has been confirmed there will be a disciplinary hearing. Mironov, a 19-year-old Russian, has been charged with racist behaviour. “The case will be dealt with by the Uefa control, ethics and disciplinary body, with the date of the hearing yet to be confirmed,” Uefa said.
Brewster had to be restrained by team-mates and coaching staff, including manager Steven Gerrard, at the end of the game, held at Tranmere’s Prenton Park.
It is the second time this season a meeting between Liverpool and Spartak’s Under-19s has led to charges of racism. In September Spartak were charged and found guilty of racist behaviour due to the conduct of supporters. They targeted Liverpool winger Bobby Adekanye by making monkey chants. Although Spartak were charged, investigated and subsequently found guilty, the punishment was lenient. Spartak were ordered to close part of their academy stadium and display an anti-discrimination banner.
Anti-racist campaigners Kick It Out demanded stronger action. “Should the Spartak Moscow player be found guilty, the club must receive a far stronger punishment if Europe’s governing body is truly serious about ensuring that football is an ‘Equalgame’,” it said in a statement. “It is also extremely concerning to this organisation that yet another incident of racism has taken place involving a Russian club, particularly ahead of the 2018 World Cup.”