By Cody Benjamin, cbssports.com
At age 17, Rhian Brewster couldn’t be on a bigger stage.
As an English footballer, he’s already a striker for Liverpool U19, of the Premier League, and he’s got a pair of accolades — the Golden Boot and Bronze Ball — from his role on the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup champions. Representing England, his back-to-back hat tricks all but drove his team through the quarter- and semifinals, and before that, he made a name for himself in the 2017 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.
No amount of early soccer success, however, has shielded the London-area native from his biggest opponent: Racism.
In an extensive interview with The Guardian’s Daniel Taylor, Brewster recalled this week at least seven different occasions where he or a teammate have been subjected to racially charged remarks from opposing players. Time and time again, the young scorer revealed, he or his friends have been called “monkey” or “the N-word,” and rarely have the alleged remarks resulted in disciplinary action.