FIFA dismiss England Under-17 star Rhian Brewster’s complaint of racist abuse from World Cup final
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Thursday, April 19, 2018
A complaint of racist abuse against an England player during last year’s Under-17 World Cup final has been dismissed by FIFA.
The Football Association lodged a complaint after Rhian Brewster told The Guardian he had overheard a Spain player call his team-mate Morgan Gibbs-White a “monkey” during the showpiece game in India in October, which England won.
However, FIFA’s disciplinary committee has decided there is insufficient evidence to sanction the Spanish player.
A statement released on Thursday read: “Following a thorough investigation, the disciplinary committee has decided to dismiss all charges in view of the lack of sufficient evidence that could corroborate the English player’s claim.
“Despite the absence of a sanction, which can only be imposed on the basis of clear evidence, the disciplinary committee would like to restate FIFA’s unequivocal, zero-tolerance stance against all forms of discrimination, as enshrined in the FIFA statutes.”
Speaking to the Guardian in December 2017 about the Gibbs-White incident, Brewster said: “Something happened in the box. As Morgan was running away, he (a Spain player) called him a monkey. It was a goal-kick and I was getting into position.
“‘Morgan,’ I said, ‘did you hear that?’ He said: ‘Yeah, yeah, I thought I was the only one.'”
Last month, European football’s governing body UEFA dismissed an allegation that Brewster was racially abused by Spartak Moscow player Leonid Mironov during a UEFA Youth League tie in December 2017.
Kick It Out chair Lord Herman Ouseley was less than impressed by FIFA’s verdict.
“The outcome delivered by FIFA is unsatisfactory,” he said in a statement.
“It leaves questions unanswered such as how much more evidence is required than two people separately hearing and corroborating the alleged abuse, in order to be acceptable as sufficient? Are they not believed as honest because of who they are? Who are the investigators and who makes such ridiculous decisions?
“Are any of these people from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds? Are any of these people competent with the personal experience of having suffered from racial abuse and discrimination?
“Decisions like this, and others recently by UEFA, only give encouragement to those players, and fans, who want to racially abuse and act in discriminatory ways to continue and to do so without punishment!
“There are issues within this situation that must be resolved and we urge the Football Association to follow this up with FIFA and UEFA, as the current handling of discriminatory cases about the alleged treatment of young black players representing their country and clubs is nothing short of a disgrace.”