Liverpool U18s prodigy Bobby Adekanye was the victim of racial abuse during our Youth Champions League fixture with Spartak Moscow.
According to the Guardian, we’ve lodged an official complaint to UEFA after our Nigerian-born Dutch youth international was visibly and audibly the subject of offensive gestures and chants.
Russia has long had a problem with racism in football and we’re incredibly sad that this has happened to a teenager making his first trip to the country.
The 18-year-old arrived at Liverpool from Barcelona in the summer of 2015 and the Academy has high hopes for him.
Liverpool’s academy director Alex Inglethorpe was witness to the abuse after Steven Gerrard introduced the winger after the hour mark.
We hope UEFA dish out the harshest sanctions possible, but have our doubts that they’ll take the matter seriously enough.
We also hope that Adekanye has a strong support network around him and can come back stronger, as he’s a serious talent.
Racism has no place in society, nor football.