06 Jan, 17:00
Liverpool star Roberto Firmino is set to face FA probe over 'racism' claims by Mason Holgate during Merseyside derby.
The FA will launch an inquiry after Everton’s Mason Holgate claimed he was racially abused during the Merseyside derby. Just before halftime in the pulsating FA Cup tie at Anfield the Blues defender pushed Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino into an advertising hoarding after a tussle.
The Brazilian angrily ran at his opponent and shouted animatedly at him ...which left Holgate immediately claiming on the pitch to team-mates and referee Bobby Madley that the Liverpool player had used racist language. Ref Madley confirmed later to both clubs that he would include details of the incident and subsequent allegations in his report, after reporting it to the fourth official during the game.
Television evidence suggests however, that Holgate was mistaken, with pictures appearing to show Firmino apparently mouthing a Portuguese phrase “loco puta”, which roughly translates as ‘crazy mother******. Afterwards, Everton boss Sam Allardyce immediately called for the matter to be investigated by the authorities.