FA expected to investigate Holgate-Firmino clash

Saturday, 6 January, 2018 0comments  |  Jump to last

The Football Aasociation are expected to launch an investigation into the allegations of racism against Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino that caused tempers to flare in last night's cup derby at Anfield.

Everton's Mason Holgate reacted angrily to a verbal tirade from the Brazilian after he ended up in the seats following a shove from the Blues' defender as they contested a loose ball. Holgate was seen telling referee Robert Madley that Firmino had hurled a racial epithet at him.

The official was standing between the two players when the incident occurred but took no action against either, although he will have included an account in his post-match report which will be reviewed by the FA.

A Liverpool spokesman said afterwards: "The club and player will fully cooperate with the relevant authorities to ensure the facts are established in a thorough manner if deemed necessary or requested.

"While that process is ongoing, we will not be making any further comment."

Everton boss, Sam Allardyce, meanwhile refused to be drawn on the incident.

“I am here to talk about football and anything outside that needs to be dealt with by the authorities. That is for other areas of the football club. I have left that with the director of football (Steve Walsh).”