Bobby Madley’s post-match incident report indicates that the referee didn’t hear Roberto Firmino use the N-word when shouting at Mason Holgate during Liverpool’s 2-1 win in the FA Cup at Anfield on Friday.
The FA are due to begin their investigation this week by speaking to Mason Holgate, Roberto Firmino, Bobby Madley and fourth official Jon Moss in a bid to unearth the truth. Other Liverpool and Everton players will also be interviewed to piece together a clear picture of what happened on Friday evening.
Firmino is accused of racially abusing Holgate during a heated exchange between the pair after the former was forcibly pushed over the advertising hoardings by the Everton defender.
A lip reader has since analysed video footage captured live on television and surmised that Firmino only called Holgate a son of a b***h in Portuguese.
Both Liverpool and Everton have offered their full cooperation to the FA to ensure that the truth is discovered but neither club is prepared to comment until a conclusion is met at the end of the investigation.
As things currently stand, there is very little in the way of evidence of Holgate’s claims and many on social media seem to believe the 21-year-old fabricated the event to escape a sending off for his push on Firmino which saw the Brazilian land up in the stands.
Fortunately, Firmino wasn’t injured and neither were any supporters but before we can reach any conclusions ourselves we need to wait for the FA’s painstaking investigation process to take place so that we can be sure of what we’re looking at.
There is no doubt that Firmino will be handed an enormous fine and a ban to match it should he be indicted. For now, the Reds’ number nine remains innocent until proven guilty and we, as Liverpool fans, should have his back.
Bobby Madley’s post-match incident report, as John Cross of the Daily Mirror indicates, reveals that the referee did not hear Firmino use the N-word and he would have given his proximity to both Holgate and Firmino. Madley also indicated that he would have dismissed Firmino had he heard him being racist.
John Cross finally wrote: “The FA are not expecting any charges, or further developments, until the interview process has been completed.”