The Football Association have cleared Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino and said that he will not face any disciplinary action following the altercation with Everton defender Mason Holgate last month.
Holgate accused the Brazilian of using a “discriminatory term” after he had pushed the twenty-six year old into the Anfield crowd during the FA Cup third round clash.
Firmino admitted that he insulted Holgate in Portuguese, but denied using any discriminatory language and the FA have released a statement following a lengthy investigation.
“We are completely satisfied that the allegation was made in absolute good faith by Holgate and that there is no suggestion of this being an intentionally false or malicious allegation.” they said.
“We appreciate that this has been a difficult process for both parties, and would like to express our thanks to Mason Holgate and Roberto Firmino as well as both clubs for their assistance, professionalism and full co-operation during this investigation.” they added.
And Firmino was pleased to have his named cleared after almost two months of interviews and statements from twelve players, referee Bobby Madley and the fourth official.
“As someone who has experienced racist abuse during my life, I know how damaging and hurtful it can be.” he said.
“I would like to place on record, for the avoidance of any doubt, I did not say the word, or a variation of the word, that was claimed and subsequently reported in the media.
“I did not use any language that referenced race. I did not – and would never – reference a person’s skin colour or culture, by means of insult, during a dispute or an argument.” he finished.