Minggu, 08 Januari 2012

Suspect in Anfield racial abuse probe out on bail

The man arrested on suspicion of racially abusing an Oldham player during an FA Cup match at Liverpool was released on bail by police on Sunday pending further inquiries.

Defender Tom Adeyemi was reduced to tears by insults from fans during Friday's loss (UK time) at Anfield and had to be comforted by teammates and opposing players toward the end of the third-round match.

Merseyside police arrested a 20-year-old man from Aintree on Saturday on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.

Adeyemi, who is black, has now spoken to police, according to the players' union.

"We can confirm that he was the victim of racist abuse towards the end of the Liverpool vs. Oldham FA Cup tie," said Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association.

"This abuse came from a spectator sitting in the Kop section of the ground.

"Tom has given a full witness statement to the Merseyside police regarding the incident and will continue to assist the police fully in their inquiries."

The investigation takes place as Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is currently seeing out an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during a match in October at Anfield.

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