UEFA’s investigation into Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster’s racism allegations against a Spartak Moscow player has failed to find any evidence to corroborate the claim.
European football’s control, ethics and disciplinary body acknowledged the allegation was made in good faith by the 17-year-old but after a number of extensive interviews of players and match officials it came down to Brewster’s word against Spartak captain Leonid Mironov.
Mironov admitted swearing at the England Under-17 World Cup winner during the Russian club’s 2-0 defeat in the UEFA Youth League match at Prenton Park in December but denied using racist language.
Five players from each side plus the match officials were all questioned about the incident but none could confirm hearing any discriminatory language.
Kick It Out have reacted with “deep disappointment” after UEFA’s investigation drew a blank.
And a statement from Kick It Out said: “The organisation is deeply disappointed with the findings of the independent investigation, with this outcome likely to give further encouragement to those who wish to be abusive in the sport.
“Kick It Out believes there are issues with clubs, such as Spartak Moscow, who have been involved in several alleged racist incidents in recent years, receiving little or no discouragement by national and international football authorities in response to allegations of racism and discrimination.
“This underlying issue is compounded with any action taken in relation to racist or discriminatory incidents rarely being appropriate. This current situation is intolerable. ”