FIFA dismisses England racism claim from Under-17 World Cup
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FIFA dismisses England racism claim from Under-17 World Cup

FIFA has dismissed racism claims made against Spain U-17 football team by England U-17 team’s Rhian Brewster at last year’s U-17 World Cup.

football Updated: Apr 19, 2018 16:55 IST
Reuters, Manchester
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Rhian Brewster says the remarks being made against teammate Morgan Gibbs-White in the final of FIFA U-17 World Cup.(REUTERS)

FIFA has dismissed a complaint from England’s FA about an alleged racist incident in the Under-17 World Cup final due to a “lack of sufficient evidence”.

England player Rhian Brewster recounted in a newspaper interview an insult made by a Spain player towards team mate Morgan Gibbs-White during the final in India, which England won 5-2.

The FA subsequently lodged a formal complaint with FIFA about the incident, but world football’s governing body said it had dismissed all charges.

“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,” FIFA said in a statement on Thursday.

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“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.”

Liverpool player Brewster had highlighted other incidents of alleged racial abuse and last month European football’s governing body UEFA, dismissed a case relating to a UEFA Youth League match against Spartak Moscow.

UEFA said they had found no evidence to corroborate Brewster’s claim against a Spartak player but said they believed his complaint had been made in good faith.

First Published: Apr 19, 2018 16:24 IST