Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Everton boss Sam Allardyce have both reacted to Mason Holgate's alleged racial abuse by Roberto Firmino arising out of an incident between both stars during the Reds' 2-1 FA Cup win at Anfield.The incident in the first half of the FA Cup tie began when Holgate appeared to push Firmino into advertising hoardings which provoked an angry reaction from the Brazilian.Firmino veered towards the England Under-21 defender as he ran back on to the pitch and it was then that Holgate exploded in response to something that was allegedly said.
He had to be restrained by his team-mates Phil Jagielka and Morgan Schneiderlin before appearing to complain to Bobby Madley, the referee, who was close to the incident, that he had been racially abused, according to The Times.According to The Independent, Everton manager Sam Allardyce declined comments, saying he had passed the matter to his director of football and adding: "I’m here to talk about the football."
His counterpart Jurgen Klopp was also guarded, saying: "I don’t really know anything about it. I misjudged it completely because I thought it was about a Holgate foul. I thought they wanted to investigate the Holgate foul." Klopp told the IndependentLiverpool later released a statement which read: "The club and the player will fully co-operate with the relevant authorities to ensure the facts are established in a thorough manner if deemed necessary or requested. While that process is ongoing we will not be making any further comment."