English Football Association begins investigation on racism slur made during clash with Everton star mason Holgate and Liverpool star Roberto Firmino.
Referee Bobby Madley will most likely include full details of the game in his report and also the row that erupted towards the end of first half of the FA Cup third round clash, which Liverpool won thanks to a dramatic late goal from the £75million defender Virgil Van Dijk who was playing on his debut.
Holgate pushed Firmino into the Stand as the pair went after a ball. The Brazil striker reacted with fury. Tv replays appeared to show him calling Holgate ‘loco’ and ‘filha du puto’ – Portuguese for ‘son of a b****’.
Be that as it may, that left Holgate angered and as he was controlled by his team mates, TV replay indicated him making a real racial affirmation of Firmino. The incident was discussed by Madley and his fourth
official Jon Moss on the touchline.
After the game, Holgate addressed Madley autonomously, as did Everton Director of Football Steve Walsh. The issue will now be in the hands of the FA, once Madley has presented his report.
Everton manager Sam Allardyce declined to reveal particular insight into what happened however stated: stated: I’m not disclosing anything to you nothing until the point that whatever systems are used to discover what happened.
‘I’m here to discuss football. Football is my life and anything outside that is left to be figured out by the authority.
Klopp said: ‘I only heard about it but I can’t say anything about it. I haven’t spoken to anyone. I misjudged the whole situation.
‘I thought it was about the Holgate foul. I had information that something has happened but I don’t know what happened.’