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Liverpool youngster reveals details of on-field racist abuse
July 22 2018, 11:43 | Rex Rios
Rhian Brewster says one of his England team-mates was racially abused during the U17s' World Cup final triumph earlier this year
Liverpool starlet and Under-17 World Cup victor Rhian Brewster has lifted the lid on racist abuse he's suffered early in his career.
The 17-year-old, who is yet to feature for Liverpool's first team, says he has witnessed racial abuse - either aimed at him or a teammate - seven times this year."I don't think UEFA take this thing seriously".
Liverpool submitted an official complaint after playing Spartak Moscow in the UEFA Youth League tie at Tranmere's Prenton Park three weeks ago after one alleged incident.
The 17-year-old Brewster is one of the brightest talents to come through at Anfield in recent years and starred for England Under-17s as they became world champions in the summer.
But Brewster is not impressed by UEFA's actions and is adamant it needs to do more in order to stop such incidents.
Morgan Gibbs White was allegedly racially-abused during the U17s World Cup final
"Everyone stands behind the anti-racism banners". "You wouldn't have to worry about playing overseas, worrying about what the fans are going to say, or what another player is going to say". The next day I'll still be thinking about it.Under UEFA's rules any player found guilty of making racial slurs can be suspended for a minimum of 10 matches. They don't really care. 'All the support he needs, he wants, ' he said.
"It's quite interesting because I'm long in this business and I've never faced a situation like that".
"I'm really happy that he is courageous enough to do what he did because it is such an important thing really". That means to a lot of people that it doesn't happen but obviously it happens all the time. It's such an important thing. I can't believe that people have these kind of thoughts still in their mind.
"It's so odd that it happens in this world now, and we need a 17-year-old boy to shout out and say it is still happening all the time and that we need help to stop it. He said to me he couldn't do anything because he hadn't heard it and what had happened and we made a complaint there".