England hero Rhian Brewster

Rhian Brewster says one of his England team-mates was racially abused during the U17s' World Cup final triumph earlier this year
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Rhian Brewster says one of his England team-mates was racially abused during the U17s' World Cup final triumph earlier this year Credit Getty Images

Jurgen Klopp has hailed "brave" Rhian Brewster, after the 17-year-old Liverpool academy starlet claimed that racism is widespread in youth football, delivering a harrowing account of the abuse he has received in a recent interview.

Brewster said he had witnessed racial abuse - either aimed at him or a teammate - seven times this year.

Brewster told Thursday's edition of The Guardian that Uefa have yet to hold an inquiry into an incident involving Russian side Spartak Moscow three weeks ago, when he claims he was the target of a racist remark by opposing captain Leonid Mironov.

"We are all really happy about him, it's not a celebration you want a 17-year-old boy to be in but if it is like this and he needs help, we will give it to him of course".

And Brewster believes complaints need to be dealt with better by the authorities - particularly UEFA, who failed to take action on several occasions when the striker was representing England and Liverpool.

"Everyone stands behind the anti-racism banners".

Morgan Gibbs White jumps for the ball
Morgan Gibbs White was allegedly racially-abused during the U17s World Cup final Credit Getty Images

"I don't think Uefa take this thing seriously", said Brewster. "I want to be by myself and left to think". They don't really care.

"He started doing something else and I said: 'No, now.' We went over to the fourth official and told him".

Brewster claimed Uefa need to take racism more seriously in a national newspaper interview he requested, leading to messages of support from the likes of Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, politician Ed Miliband and chart star Stormzy.

"I'm really happy that he's courageous enough to do what he did because it's such an important thing. I can not believe that people still have these thoughts in their mind". That means to a lot of people that it doesn't happen but obviously it happens all the time.

"It's so odd that it happens in this world now, and we need a 17-year-old boy to shout out and say it is still happening all the time and that we need help to stop it".

"I told Steven Gerrard (Liverpool's Under 19 coach) what had happened and we made a complaint there".

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