Kick It Out statement on Rhian Brewster
After the publication of UEFA’s investigation into racism allegations from Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster against a Spartak Moscow player, Kick It Out has issued the following statement.
The statement reads: “Kick It Out notes the findings from UEFA in relation to the allegations of racist behaviour by Spartak Moscow’s Leonid Mironov towards Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster.
“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.
“Kick It Out has offered its assistance to Rhian and Liverpool during this investigation and the organisation welcomes the club’s support of their young player through this and other incidents where Rhian has been targeted.
“Following on from FIFA’s Conference for Equality and Inclusion last week, this is a stark reminder that football authorities across the world need to affect greater change to deliver a sport that is equitable, inclusive and cohesive.”