Spartak player charged for racism in Liverpool youth game
A Spartak Moscow player has been charged with “racist behaviour” during a UEFA Youth League game against Liverpool on Wednesday, European football’s governing body announced.
Leonid Mironov, the 19-year-old captain of the Spartak side, was charged under article 14 of UEFA’s disciplinary regulations on Thursday.
“The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body with the date of the hearing yet to be confirmed,” UEFA said.
Their announcement comes after Liverpool reported Spartak to UEFA in the wake of their 2-0 win at Prenton Park in Birkenhead, home of Tranmere Rovers.
Their teenage striker Rhian Brewster, who won the Under-17 World Cup with England in October, was allegedly the subject of the abuse.
He was visibly irate at the end of the game and had to be restrained by team-mates and coaching staff.
Liverpool lodged a similar complaint against Spartak after Brewster’s team-mate Bobby Adekanye was racially abused by the Russian club’s fans during the reverse fixture in September.
Spartak were found guilty in that instance and were made to partially close their academy ground for one match.