Liverpool to report Spartak Moscow over alleged racial abuse of Rhian Brewster

Liverpool are to make an official complaint to Uefa after Rhian Brewster was allegedly racially abused during the Youth League game with Spartak Moscow on Wednesday.

Brewster, the Golden Boot winner at the Under-17 World Cup in October, was incensed after being targeted by a Spartak defender during Liverpool’s 2-0 win and had to be dragged away by team-mates and staff on the final whistle.

The 17-year-old reported the alleged offence to referee Mohammed al-Hakim during the game and he passed the details to the fourth official at Prenton Park.

It is the second successive game against Spartak that has ended with allegations of racist abuse towards a Liverpool player. At Spartak’s academy stadium in September, Nigeria-born forward Bobby Adekanye was subjected to racist chants and gestures from supporters of the Russian club.

Spartak were found guilty after an investigation by Uefa but, in keeping with their oft-criticised stance towards racism in the game, European football’s governing body only ordered the club to close at least 500 seats for their next Uefa Youth League game at the academy.

Asked about Brewster’s treatment after Wednesday’s game, Liverpool coach Steven Gerrard said: “It’s difficult for me to comment on it right now. It’s something that the club will look into and deal with. I’d rather talk about Rhian Brewster’s performance. I don’t want to take any gloss off that because he was superb.”