We have taken swift and strong action against one fan following tweet…
The Reds have vowed to punish a supporter who was caught abusing two Muslim men inside Anfield. The pair were praying when Stephen Dodds took this photo of them. He later tweeted it and labelled them a ‘disgrace’.
Although the tweet was soon deleted, there was still more than enough time for the club’s hierarchy to take note. Asif Bodi and Abubakar Bhula, both solicitors, were pictured during the game against Blackburn last month.
According to the Daily Mirror, Dodds message read: “Muslims praying at half time at the match yesterday #DISGRACE.”
His message led to a huge row on the social media website and was met with widespread criticism.
The club have since reported the incident to the police, who reported back to the club ahead of us making an official statement earlier this week.
It read: “Last month, Liverpool Football Club received complaints of a tweet showing an image of Muslim fans praying during half-time at Anfield accompanied by comments that were offensive to the complainants.
“The club reported the tweet, which was posted online on Sunday March 8, 2015, to Merseyside Police. Merseyside Police investigated the matter and has referred this to LFC to take appropriate action against the individual involved.
“The club is currently in the process of determining the appropriate action to take and a further update statement will be made in due course.
“Liverpool Football Club would like to remind its supporters that it does not tolerate any form of discrimination and is committed to ensuring that the club and Anfield provides a welcoming and safe environment for all fans regardless of race, religion, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation.”
The game itself finished 0-0, with Liverpool winning the replay at Ewood Park 1-0. Our next FA Cup clash comes this Sunday when we face Aston Villa in a Wembley semi-final.