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Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster talks football racism: Opponents call me ‘N-word,’ ‘monkey’

By Cody Benjamin,

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.


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