Spartak Moscow youth player charged with racist behaviour towards Liverpool's Rhian Brewster

Vaishali Bhardwaj
Charges | Rhian Brewster had to be restrained by his Liverpool teammates following the incident against Spartak Moscow: Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Spartak Moscow player Leonid Mironov has been charged with racist behaviour towards Liverpool starlet Rhian Brewster during the club's Uefa Youth League match on Wednesday, European football's governing body has announced.

Uefa released a statement on Thursday afternoon in which they confirmed that disciplinary proceedings against Mironov have opened after 17-year-old Brewster alleged he was racially abused during Liverpool Under-19s' 2-0 win over Spartak.

Brewster, who won the World Cup with the England U-17 side in October, had to be restrained by his teammates at the end of the victory over Spartak before he told referee Mohammed Al-Hakim of the incident.

And Uefa will now investigate the matter, writing in a statement: "Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Youth League group stage match between Liverpool FC Youth and FC Spartak Moskva Youth (2-0), played on 6 December in England.

"Charges against FC Spartak Moskva: Racist behaviour - player Leonid Mironov – Article 14 of the Disciplinary Regulations

"The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body with the date of the hearing yet to be confirmed."

In September, Liverpool's Bobby Adekanye - who was born in Nigeria - was subjected to racist chants and gestures from some Spartak fans in Moscow.

Uefa responded by charging the Russian club and forcing them to partially close their academy stadium for their next fixture, which left just 500 seats empty.

Speaking about the incident involving Brewster on Wednesday, Liverpool U-19 coach Steven Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo: "It's difficult for me to comment on it right now. It's something that the club will look into and deal with.

"I'd rather talk about Rhian Brewster's performance. I don't want to take any gloss off that because he was superb. The only thing that was missing from his performance was a goal."