Spartak defender charged with racism


Liverpool’s game against Spartak Moscow in the UEFA Youth League wasn’t as simple as the first-team’s fixture in the Champions League

Spartak Moscow defender Leonid Mironov will go before UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary committee following an alleged incident involving the England youth star, GOAL understands.

The Russian youngster has been charged with racist behaviour, thanks to an alleged incident in Wednesday’s clash between his side and Liverpool in the UEFA Youth League.

UEFA of course couldn’t let the 19-year-old defender go without any consequences. The organisation has opened disciplinary proceedings against Mironov after he was accused by Rhian Brewster of abusing the Liverpool player during the Red’s 2-0 victory at Prenton Park.

Brewster, a member of the England Under-17 squad who won the World Cup earlier this year – reported the issue to referee Mohammed Al-Hakim towards the end of the game, while Liverpool also lodged a complaint after the final whistle, GOAL continues.

The match official forwarded the complaints of the Reds man, and UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body will now deal with the case. Despite the organisation confirming the incident, a date for the hearing is yet to be announced.

It wasn’t only their defender however. Spartak have been charged with racist behaviour during their second game against the Reds, and the Russian side was forced to close some parts of their academy stadium, due to inappropriate behaviour from a group of fans.

In the meantime, the first-team of Liverpool crushed the senior squad of Spartak, as the two teams faced each other during their Champions League game on Wednesday. Jurgen Klopp’s men destroyed the Russian side in a game that ended 7-0 at Anfield.

In their stunning victory over Spartak, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have all scored, contributing to Liverpool’s success, in which they have secured the first place in their group.