Rus­sian charged over Brew­ster abuse

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By Chris Bas­combe

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.”

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