Stormzy supports Liverpool’s 17 year-old Rhian Brewster over racial abuse he has suffered
Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster won the U17 World Cup this summer.
Still aged just 17, he has given an open and brave interview to The Guardian about the racist abuse he was suffered, or seen others suffer.
Brewster says that he can recall seven instances where he or a teammate has racially abuse. Five of them are in the last year, and two were at the U17 World Cup. He says he remembers a fellow player being called a “monkey” by a member of the opposition in the tournament final.
In the interview, he vividly describes being called a racial slur in a Uefa Youth League against Spartak Moscow this month, and an European Under-17 Championship against Ukraine in May. And he says not enough is being done: “I don’t think Uefa take this thing seriously. They don’t really care. That is how it feels anyway, like it has been brushed under the carpet.”
The interview has been widely praised both in the football world and further afield. And in particular, Stormzy has spoken out in support of Brewster.