The Football Association will continue their investigation into claims that Roberto Firmino racially abused Mason Holgate into a fifth week.
It’s almost a month since the highly eventful and controversial third round FA Cup tie between Liverpool and Everton which saw the latter beaten at the death thanks to a timely Virgil van Dijk header.
However, the game has been unfortunately marred by racial allegations leveled at Roberto Firmino. Mason Holgate has accused the Brazilian of racially abusing him and after Bobby Madley included the incident in his post-match report, the FA has launched an investigation into the matter.
The incident occurred after Firmino was pushed over the advertising hoardings by Holgate and the Liverpool forward reacted angrily, shouting in Portuguese at the Everton defender.
Chris Bascombe reports for the Telegraph that Firmino and Holgate were both interviewed with the FA determined to get the full picture of what happened at Anfield.
Aside from agreeing to cooperate with the FA, no comment has been made from either party. Despite the Football Association looking to reach the correct conclusion, they are desperate not to rush proceedings and risk not finding the right answer.
Although I am yet to be presented with any evidence to suggest Firmino is guilty of racism, aside from Holgate’s testimony, it would be hugely damaging to Liverpool’s season to lose the Brazilian for any number of games to suspension.
Despite many slating him last season for being wasteful and not having the traits to be a successful number nine, the Brazilian has scored 19 goals and provided 10 assists in all competitions this season.
Given his superb form in front of goal and silky link-up play, it seems difficult to imagine that Tite will be able to leave him out of Brazil’s squad for the World Cup in Russia this year.