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Kick It Out wants swift investigation as Spartak face Brewster allegations

Kick It Out wants swift investigation as Spartak face Brewster allegations
From ESPN - December 7, 2017

Kick It Out has demanded "swift" action and called for "far stronger punishment" from UEFA if a Spartak Moscow youngster is found to have racially abused Liverpool's Rhian Brewster.

Liverpool have told UEFA that they believe Brewster, 17, was subject to racial abuse from an opposing player during Wednesday's UEFA Youth League match with Spartak at Prenton Park.

Anti-racism body Kick It Out has contacted Liverpool and Brewster to offer its support and will continue to liaise with the Merseyside club during the process.

In September, Liverpool's Nigerian-born forward Bobby Adekanye was subjected to chants and gestures from some Spartak supporters, for which the Russian side were charged and forced to partially close their stadium for a game.

In a statement, Kick It Out said: "It is clear that UEFA's punishment of a partial stadium closure was far from sufficient to protect Liverpool's players from further disgraceful treatment.

"Kick It Out has worked closely with Liverpool over the past two years to offer support regarding on-field incidents of discrimination, and believes the club has been let down by UEFA in their response.

"Kick It Out expects a swift investigation by UEFA into today's incident of racial abuse towards Rhian Brewster and has contacted FARE Network to liaise with them on their response too.

"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.'

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