Liverpool duo Naby Keita and Trent Alexander-Arnold have been subjected to alleged racial discrimination after Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in Spain.
The UEFA Champions League first leg quarter-final saw Keita lasting only 41 minutes before he was subbed off for a tactical switch, while Alexander-Arnold’s embarrassing mistake gifted Madrid’s Asensio to make the score 2-0.
However, the racial abuse is believed to have happened before the game on the players’ respective social media accounts.
“The abuse sent to Keita was in the form of monkey emojis and posted in response to a picture published prior to Liverpool's Champions League defeat at Real Madrid, while monkey emojis were sent to Alexander-Arnold on a picture he posted on Easter Sunday,” Sky Sports reported.
“Facebook, which owns Instagram, has told Sky Sports News it is investigating the issue,” Sky concluded.
Up next for Liverpool is a Premier League battle against Aston Villa after the English champions took a 7-2 annihilation from the Villa in the first round.