Mason Holgate could find himself in hot water for alleged homophobic tweets that emerged following the Merseyside derby last week.
Holgate finds himself embroiled in a racial abuse claim and at risk of being banned for both homophobic tweets and his push on Roberto Firmino in the derby.
The Brazilian was pushed over advertising hoardings by the Everton man and could have been seriously injured but wasn’t sent off by referee Bobby Madley.
According to Matt Hughes of the Times, “Holgate is facing the threat of a misconduct charge and a suspension after the FA opened an investigation into allegedly homophobic tweets.”
The claim against Firmino that he racially abused Holgate is still being investigated as the FA look to interview the two players as well as a few others from Everton and Liverpool.
Both clubs are cooperating fully with the FA to ensure that an outcome is achieved peaceably and without too much drama in the given circumstances. That said, with all the evidence available, it seems difficult to imagine that Frimino will be found guilty.
Bobby Madley even wrote in his post-match incident report that even with his proximity to the pair, he did not hear Firmino racially abuse Holgate. Some very curious information will need to be brought to light to impeach the Liverpool attacker.
Although the FA is looking to interview Firmino and Holgate, the homophobia case is being looked into separately.
The offending tweets emerged after Liverpool fans retweeted the offensive material as a way to respond to the allegations that Firmino was being racist at Anfield. Holgate has since deleted his Twitter account – somewhat confirming his guilt.
There is yet to be a decision on the allegations from Holgate but we will bring you the outcome when it is released by the FA governing body.