Saturday 23 March 2019

No action against Firmino

Derby row: Firmino
Derby row: Firmino

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino will face no action following his clash with Everton's Mason Holgate in the FA Cup third round tie at Anfield.

Referee Bobby Madley made reference to an allegation of racist abuse which had been reported to him, understood to have come from Holgate on the pitch and Everton officials after the match.

Firmino and Holgate were involved in an angry exchange after the Toffees defender pushed the Brazilian into the front row of the Main Stand shortly before half-time of Liverpool's 2-1 win and words were exchanged which left the young defender incensed.

"Having considered all of the available evidence, we consider it is not sufficient to raise a charge against Firmino," the Football Association said.

"However, we are completely satisfied that the allegation was made in absolute good faith by Holgate and that there is no suggestion of this being an intentionally false or malicious allegation."

p Liverpool Under-19s coach Steven Gerrard was delighted with the way his side "dominated" Manchester United on their way to a 2-0 win in the UEFA Youth League. The victory - courtesy of goals from Ben Woodburn and Rafael Camacho - set up a quarter-final clash at Manchester City.

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