Liverpool FC were embroiled in another race row after Friday's FA Cup tie with Oldham Athletic. Liverpool ran out 5-1 winners on what should have been a good night for the club, but things turned sour in the second half.
Oldham youngster Tom Adeyemi was allegedly racially abused by Liverpool fans during the game and was visibly upset having to be consoled by both sets of players. The midfielder, on loan from Norwich City, took exception to something that was shouted at him during the game, and was even reduced to tears by the incident.
Adeyemi gave a statement to the police after the game while Liverpool FC said: “An incident occurred in the second half of the match which is now being investigated by both the club and the police. We will continue to work closely with the police and establish the details of what actually happened and will make a further statement in due course.”
Merseyside Police revealed that they have begun an investigation although, as yet, no arrests have been made.
A police spokesperson said: “Merseyside Police can confirm that no-one has been arrested this evening, Friday 6 January, on suspicion of racially aggravated behaviour during tonight’s FA Cup fixture at Anfield,” said a police spokesman.
“However, the Force and Liverpool Football Club are investigating following an incident that occurred during the second half of the game. The aim of the investigation is to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident to ascertain if action needs to be taken.”
This further adds fuel to the fire caused by the club's reaction the the Suarez affair which has been much criticised. It comes close on the heels of crticism from Manchester United that the Anfield club had used the media to suggest a mediation meeting before next months league clash between the two sides. Sir Alex Ferguson would not be drawn on the matter at his Friday press briefing but all in all it's been a bad week media wise for the Merseyside club. They will be under scrutiny from all quarters as to how they deal with the latest issue with some pundits calling for life bans for any fans found to be at fault over the Adeyemi incident.