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.

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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.

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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.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Holgate was told what firmino called him ..son of a bitch ..can he be punished for making false accusations just to get away with a red card…ref should of sent him off immeadiately.

  2. Can holgate be charged with making false accusations .He done so he would not get a red card ..clearly no racists comments were heard by ref or other everton players ..everton foreign players told him firmino called him a son of a bitch ..ref should of sent him off after he shoved him head first into hoarding ..then to take 4 weeks is a joke

  3. The FA are desperately trying to find some excuse to ban Firmino, we all know they hate LFC. I think Old Red Nose is still pulling strings at the Ferguson Army.

  4. 5 weeks is long enough. Their is either evidence to support Holgate or to exonerate Firimino. The later looking to be the outcome. Then their is Holegates push into the stand dangerous play which should of been Red and a 3 game ban. The false allegation which could of resulted in a 10 game Firimino ban and Holgates homophobic tweets. All in all Holgate should be looking at a 23 game ban

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