- Liverpool release statement after FA conclude investigation into racial allegations against Roberto Firmino
- Club thanks Brazilian was cooperation throughout
- Firmino pledges support for fight against racism in football
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Liverpool have thanked Roberto Firmino for his continued cooperation throughout the FA investigation into allegations made against him relating to an incident in January’s FA Cup tie with Everton.
The Brazilian was cleared of all wrongdoing after becoming subject to claims of racial misconduct made by Toffees defender Mason Holgate following a fiery exchange between the two.
Firmino reacted angrily to Holgate needlessly pushing him into the stands during a challenge beside the touchline, leading to referee Bobby Madley quickly jumping in to separate both men.
Neither player was booked as a consequence, although allegations Firmino had directed a racial slur at his opponent proceeded to trigger a formal enquiry.
After a lengthy and thorough process, the FA today concluded that no action will be taken against Liverpool’s no.9.
The club responded with a statement on Liverpoolfc.com, reading: “We thank Roberto for the manner in which he has conducted himself during this difficult process, acknowledging that being subjected to such a serious allegation for this length of time has been hurtful to him and his family.”
“Both the club and player were in full agreement from the beginning that if an investigation was required it should be a thorough and robust one.”
“Roberto has co-operated fully with the process and shown a willingness to engage and assist throughout, with the only objective being to discover the truth of what happened.”
“We are satisfied that the outcome of the process has exonerated the player of using any racist or discriminatory language.”
Needless it be said the matter should undoubtedly be quashed at this stage, with full details of the truth behind the investigation remaining the knowledge of only Firmino, Holgate and those involved.
Firmino himself also responded to the outcome, expressing his support for the battle against racism in football and reiterating his innocence.
Time to get back to business on the pitch.