Rhian Brewster walks off the pitch, with the golden boot award, after helping England to victory over Spain in the 2017 U17 World Cup Final in India in October. Photo: REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

LIVERPOOL - Liverpool have lodged an official complaint with UEFA about Spartak Moscow after Rhian Brewster - one of the stars of England's Under-17 World Cup win - was racially abused.

Brewster reacted with fury towards the end of Liverpool’s UEFA Youth League clash with Spartak at Prenton Park and needed to be restrained by academy manager Steven Gerrard. It is alleged the abuse came from one of Spartak’s players.

Brewster was so upset that Liverpool staff were unable to calm him down until he had returned to the dressing room. Brewster’s teammate Bobby Adekanye suffered similar abuse in September when the teams met in Moscow.

The Russian capital hosts the World Cup final next summer. The punishment for those earlier chants and gestures was risible, with Spartak needing only to close a part of their academy stadium on the outskirts of the city.

Gerrard said after his side’s 2-0 win: "It’s difficult for me to comment on it. It’s something that the club will look into and deal with. I’d rather talk about Rhian’s performance. I don’t want to take any gloss off that because he was superb."

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