UEFA has opened discplinary proceedings against Spartak Moscow after one of its youth stars was hit with a racism charge.
European football's governing body announce on their website that the Russian side's youngster Leonid Mironov had been alleged of racially abusing Liverpool's Rhian Brewster during a UEFA Youth League encounter between the sides on Wednesday.
Liverpool won the match 2-0 but the result was overshadowed by reports of Mironov insulting Brewster, with the Reds starlet having to be calmed down and led away by teammates and staff after the game had ended.
A brief statement from UEFA said: "Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Youth League group stage match between Liverpool FC Youth and FC Spartak Moskva Youth (2-0), played on 6 December in England.
"The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body with the date of the hearing yet to be confirmed."
Brewster informed both the referee and fourth official of Mironov's behaviour after the contest, while Liverpool had also filed a formal complaint to UEFA about the incident.
Liverpool Under-19s head coach and club legend Steven Gerrard spoke in the wake of the match, and admitted that the unsavoury nature of the coming together was something he'd prefer not to reflect on as it took away from the 17-year-old's outstanding display.
He told the Liverpool Echo: "It's difficult for me to comment on it right now. It's something that the club will look into and deal with.
"I'd rather talk about Rhian Brewster's performance. I don't want to take any gloss off that because he was superb. The only thing that was missing from his performance was a goal."
The allegation against Mironov comes three months after Spartak fans racially abused another Liverpool youth product - Bobby Adekanye - during the reverse fixture in Russia's capital.
UEFA hit Spartak with a measly punishment after they were found guilty of that offence, with the former only telling the latter to partially close their stadium for their follow up Youth League encounter.