Liverpool star Firmino faces FA probe after Holgate clash

FA Cup By: Ambrose Udeme | 06/01/2018

The FA will investigate whether Roberto Firmino racially abused Mason Holgate in Liverpool's FA Cup win over Everton.

The pair were involved in an angry exchange after Holgate pushed Firmino into the front row of the Main Stand and words were exchanged which left the Everton player incensed.

Firmino's words during the subsequent altercation clearly aggravated Holgate, who had to be restrained, and afterwards the Everton defender was seen on camera to be complaining of a racial slur to the referee, Robert Madley.

The FA confirmed they will investigate the incident – for which neither player were punished at the time – after Madley confirmed the allegations in his match report, and Liverpool have said they will cooperate fully with any enquiries.

Everton manager Sam Allardyce refused to comment, saying he had passed the matter to his director of football.