Video: Oldham defender Tom Adeyemi reduced to tears by alleged ‘racist’ abuse from Liverpool fans
At the end of the week in which Liverpool attempted to draw a line under the Luis Suarez controversy, the club found itself at the centre of a new allegation of racism last night.
Oldham player Tom Adeyemi was pictured crying on the pitch during his side’s FA Cup third round tie at Anfield, reportedly in response to abuse directed at him from a section of Liverpool supporters.
The 20-year-old defender was comforted on the pitch by his team-mates and opponents, including Steven Gerrard and Dirk Kuyt.
The incident was reported to the match officials and police. Merseyside police confirmed that an investigation had been launched.
One witness, who had told their account to Liverpool officials and police, told The Guardian: “I was to the right of the Kop and the No11 turned to walk away after a tackle. I heard a single voice shout, ‘You fucking black bastard.’ He spun round with shock on his face and started pointing at the crowd, from where the shout had come.”
A Liverpool statement – much more considered than some of their recent statements – read: “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 with the police to establish the details of what actually happened and will make a further statement in due course.”
No arrests have been made as yet in relation to the alleged incident.