Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has announced the following decision: Match: UEFA Youth League group stage match between Liverpool FC Youth and FC Spartak Moskva Youth (2-0), played on 6 December in England. Charges against FC Spartak Moskva:
• Racist behaviour – player Leonid Mironov – Article 14 of the Disciplinary Regulations
Decision: Following the opening of proceedings, UEFA appointed an Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector to conduct a thorough independent investigation and gather potential evidence relating to the case. Such an appointment is standard practice, given that allegations of racist behaviour are taken very seriously by UEFA and its disciplinary bodies in accordance with our zero tolerance policy towards any kind of discrimination.
The inspector took statements from five players from both teams, as well as from two match officials, who were in the vicinity of the alleged incident. None of these heard any discriminatory words. Leonid Mironov was also interviewed by the inspector and stated that he indeed swore at Rhian Brewster, but he unreservedly denied using any discriminatory language.
After concluding his investigation, the inspector found no evidence to corroborate the allegations, which he believed were made in complete good faith by the Liverpool player Rhian Brewster. Therefore, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body, following the recommendation of the inspector, established that there was no evidence that would legally support sanctioning the FC Spartak Moskva youth player Leonid Mironov and thus decided to close the disciplinary proceedings.
Note to editors: UEFA is committed to eradicating racism from football, and treats all reports of discrimination and racism extremely seriously. UEFA encourages any player or official who is subject to or who witnesses discriminatory conduct to report it to the match officials and to UEFA so that investigations can be opened. Disciplinary sanctions can however only be imposed when there is sufficient concrete proof available.
• This media release was published by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) on 7 March 2018. Click here for the original.
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