Racism claims cast shadow over World Cup
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.