FIFA opens investigation into Rhian Brewster racial abuse claim

FIFA is investigating Rhian Brewster's claim that England teammate Morgan Gibbs-White was racially abused by a Spanish opponent during the Under-17 World Cup final, football's world governing body has confirmed.

Liverpool teenager Brewster made the allegation in a powerful interview with the Guardian last week.

The 17-year-old Londoner told the newspaper he has either personally experienced racial abuse or witnessed it on a football pitch seven times, including five occasions in the past seven months.

Two of those alleged incidents -- all against overseas opposition -- took place on England duty, with the most recent being the abuse directed at Gibbs-White in October's 5-2 victory over Spain in Kolkata.

A FIFA spokesperson told Press Association Sport it has recently received a complaint from the Football Association and "is now analysing and gathering evidence.''