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Rhian Brewster sends strong message against racism

21st June 2020
First team

Rhian Brewster has vowed to continue doing his bit in the fight against racism after delivering a strong message during Swansea City’s 3-0 win at Middlesbrough.

Both teams took a knee before kick-off to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, while Brewster displayed a shirt that read “We refuse to be silent. Our colour is not a crime” after scoring.

The 20-year-old, who has suffered racist abuse earlier in his career, said: “It’s very important to send this message.

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“I’ve had racist remarks in the past, so anything I can do to help via my social media platforms and outside of that, then I will do it.

“It was a message from me standing up against it because I don’t believe it should be happening.”

Brewster was at his best on Teeside, with the Liverpool loanee taking his tally to six goals from 12 appearances with a brace against Boro.

He opened the scoring in the 18th minute as he tapped home Andre Ayew’s cross before volleying home Aldo Kalulu’s pinpoint assist.

Ayew added a third, while Kalulu, Brewster and sub George Byers also struck the post in a convincing victory in the Championship’s first game back following the suspension to the league due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Brewster added: “It’s always good to score but it’s not about me – it’s about the team. Anything I can do to help the team win the game - whether it’s score, working hard or getting assists, that’s what I will try to do.

“I am on six for the season. I will keep pushing and get as many as I can.

“We want to get into the play-offs. Teams are going to be wary of us and think ‘wow, 3-0 away from home.’

“So we’ll be looking to keep this level of performance up in the eight games remaining.”