Liverpool will co-operate if clash between Firmino and Holgate investigated

Sam Allardyce and Mason Holgate

With AP Photos.Liverpool says the club will co-operate with soccer authorities following an incident involving striker Roberto Firmino and Everton opponent Mason Holgate during the Merseyside derby match on Friday.

Holgate clashed with the Liverpool forward after pushing him over the advertising hoardings in the first half of the home side's 2-1 victory.

Firmino veered towards the England Under-21 defender as he ran back on to the pitch and it was then that Holgate exploded in response to something that was allegedly said.

Holgate, who is mixed-race, complained forcefully to the referee Bobby Madley about Firmino's comments and there was later a conversation between the referee and the fourth official on the touchline.

A Liverpool spokesperson said: "The club and the player will fully co-operate with the relevant authorities to ensure the facts are established in a thorough manner if deemed necessary or requested".

Then, as both Holgate and Firmino chased the ball down into the sidelines, a shove from the young defender on the Brazilian and a scuffle between players of both sides ensued.

James Milner scoring a penalty
GETTY James Milner slotted the resulting spot-kick to put Liverpool 1-0 ahead

Firmino was not asked to give a statement after the match but the FA will act if prompted by the match report.

"I'm here to talk about football, not about controversial incidents. I have told the Director of Football (Steve Walsh) to sort that out".

"Even if I had or I hadn't, I wouldn't tell anyone in the press conference".

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said he thought Madley and the fourth official were discussing whether to take action against Holgate for the original push on Firmino.

"I only heard about something but I can't say anything about it because so far I couldn't speak to anybody and I think, from now on, first of all the club will answer", he said. Madley spoke to his the fourth official, before play continued. I don't really know anything about it. That's how I understood it.



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