Liverpool's Rhian Brewster reveals Steven Gerrard's support over racial abuse

"It's not a situation you want to be in as a 17-year-old boy in but if it's like this he needs help and we will give it to him of course".

The Football Association (FA) has lodged formal complaints with UEFA and FIFA in response to Liverpool and England Under-17 forward Rhian Brewster being subjected to alleged racist abuse.

Earlier this month, Liverpool told UEFA that they believed Brewster had been racially abused by Spartak Moscow player Leonid Mironov during a UEFA Youth League match. You have the adverts for Champions League games saying "no to racism" in all the different languages. "I want to be by myself and left to think". "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".

Brewster claimed Uefa need to take racism more seriously in a national newspaper interview he requested, leading to messages of support from the likes of Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, politician Ed Miliband and chart star Stormzy. "That is how it feels anyway, like it has been brushed under the carpet", he said.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp underlined at a news conference on Friday that Brewster has the club's full backing.

Morgan Gibbs White jumps for the ball
Morgan Gibbs White was allegedly racially-abused during the U17s World Cup final Credit Getty Images

"Obviously it happens all the time and I am happy that he has been fearless enough to do what he did".

"I can't believe that people have these kind of thoughts still in their mind, it's so odd in this world that is happens". It's so unusual in this world.

"I'm really long in this business, in this sport, and I've never faced a situation like that".

"We needed a 17-year-old boy to shout out, to say it is still happening and it happens all the time, to say "I need help, we need help". 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".

"Steven grabbed me and said: 'What's happened?' Obviously he realised something was wrong and he put his arm round me".


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