There was a worrying moment in the first-half between Liverpool and Everton tonight, when Mason Holgate accused Roberto Firmino of using the N-word to ref Bobby Madley.
Madley went and lodged the incident with the 4th official, which was incited by the Everton defender pushing Firmino over the barriers.
I think it's very clear what Holgate is saying to the ref here. Firmino racially abused him. pic.twitter.com/PZonS3hXbH
— JB™ (@gunnerpunner) January 5, 2018
But having seen the replay close-up on multiple occasions, and having been tweeted by hundreds of Portuguese speakers, it’s in fact clear what Firmino says.
“CE TA LOUCO? CE TA LOUCO? FILHO DA PUTA,” which translates as: “Are you crazy? Are you crazy? Son of a bitch!”
The referee was literally standing there between the two, so if what Holgate said happened, he surely would have heard it.
If anything did happen, it was off camera.
— Aleena Khan (@AleenaKhan__) January 5, 2018