Liverpool star Firmino caught up in racism allegation

Date published: Saturday 6th January 2018 7:28

The clash between Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Everton’s Mason Holgate in Friday’s FA Cup Merseyside derby will be included in referee Bobby Madley’s report after the Toffees raised the incident with match officials.

Press Association Sport understands the Goodison club made representations after the final whistle following the 40th-minute altercation in the Reds’ 2-1 Cup third round victory at Anfield on Friday.

Liverpool have pledged to fully co-operate should any investigation arise following the submission of Madley’s report and they be asked for their comments.

Madley’s comments, plus those of fourth official Jon Moss who was spoken to by the referee immediately after the skirmish, will provide the key focus of the report.

Firmino and Holgate were involved in a clash after the Toffees defender pushed the Brazilian into the front row of the Main Stand. Holgate was left incensed after words were exchanged, with Firmino accused of using a racial slur in the direction of the young defender, who had to be restrained by his team-mates and the referee.

Everton manager Sam Allardyce was asked in his post-match press conference whether the incident was sparked by an alleged racist comment and said: “I’m telling you nothing until whatever systems are used to find out exactly what happened and what didn’t happen.

“I’m here to talk about football, not about controversial incidents. I only want to talk about football.

“Anything else outside of that that happens has to be dealt with by the authorities.”

Asked whether he has spoken to Holgate, Allardyce added: “I wouldn’t tell anybody in this press conference because it is not about that for me.

“That is in the other areas of the football club so I’ve left that with the director of football (Steve Walsh) and said sort that out.”

Soon after the final whistle Holgate deleted his Twitter account.


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