Mason Holgate claims he was racially abused by Roberto Firmino. (PA Wire)Roberto Firmino will face no action from the Football Association after being accused of racially abusing Mason Holgate.
The incident occurred during Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Everton in the FA Cup in January after Firmino was pushed into the crowd by Holgate.
Firmino reacted angrily and ran towards Holgate before he was stopped by referee Bobby Madley, but the Everton defender became irate after the Liverpool attacker had spoken and was restrained by his Everton teammates.
The FA has confirmed that they took statements from 12 players and officials from both teams, the match referee and the fourth official but claim that no-one directly heard the words alleged to have been said by the Brazilian.
A statement from the FA read: ‘Having considered all of the available evidence, we consider it is not sufficient to raise a charge against Firmino.
Firmino was pushed into the crowd by Holgate. (AFP/Getty Images)‘However, we are completely satisfied that the allegation was made in absolute good faith by Holgate and that there is no suggestion of this being an intentionally false or malicious allegation.
‘We continue to take all allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and would encourage all participants who believe that they have been the subject of or witness to discriminatory abuse to report this through the appropriate channels.’
Holgate became irate after Firmino had spoken. (EPA)‘Holgate and Everton followed the proper process by reporting the matter to the match officials at the time and subsequently to The FA.
‘We receive a significant number of complaints of discrimination in any one season and thoroughly investigate all complaints we receive. Following consideration of all of the evidence received, not all cases will result in a charge being issued.’
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