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Police in Liverpool are investigating allegations that two players suffered racist abuse during last Sunday's Premier League game between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield.

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One of the complaints follows an alleged racist remark directed at Senagalese striker Demba Ba who scored the opening goal of Chelsea's 2-0 win.

According to the Liverpool Echo, it is not known whether Ba heard the alleged remark.

The newspaper also reported that Liverpool are aware of the allegation, and it is believed 'the incident' was conveyed to the anti-racism body Kick It Out by a Reds' fan.

A police spokesman told the Echo: "Merseyside Police can confirm that officers are aware of an allegation that potentially racist comments were directed towards two players during the match between Liverpool and Chelsea.

"No report or formal complaint has been received by the force at this time. Enquiries are being made into the circumstances surrounding the allegation."

Four arrests were made after the match following a number of skirmishes between rival fans.

Police will watch CCTV footage in an attempt to identify those involved in the clashes.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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