Uefa reaction to Russian racism is woefully weak and needs addressing | Martha Kelner

Alleged abuse aimed at Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster by Spartak Moscow captain has led to some campaigners calling for more education for Russian players

It was only last week inside Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, declared the country ready to welcome the football family with open arms at the World Cup finals next summer.

Those words must have rung particularly hollow in the ears of Liverpool’s young players on Wednesday evening when, for a second time this year, one of their number was allegedly racially abused during a Uefa youth fixture against Spartak Moscow.

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