Racism claims cast shadow over World Cup

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Al­le­ga­tions of racism made by Rhian Brew­ster against in­di­vid­u­als con­nected to Spar­tak Moscow dur­ing Liver­pool’s Un­der-19s game in the Uefa Youth League at Pren­ton Park mean that the club have been charged with the of­fence in home and away games.

In Moscow in Septem­ber Bobby Adekanye was racially abused by Rus­sian sup­port­ers, prompt­ing the sug­ges­tion racism there is be­ing passed on to the next gen­er­a­tion of play­ers.

It is al­most five years since Yaya Toure was racially abused by CSKA Moscow fans dur­ing a Cham­pi­ons League game. At the time Toure raised the prospect that black play­ers might boy­cott the 2018 World Cup fi­nals if change did not hap­pen.

Yet on we go to­wards Rus­sia 2018 with one of the few jus­ti­fi­ca­tions be­ing that only by tak­ing the World Cup to such a coun­try can at­ti­tudes change – lit­tle con­so­la­tion for non-white play­ers go­ing to Rus­sia ask­ing why it should be them, not Uefa or Fifa, forc­ing change.

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