Liverpool embroiled in another race controversy

Updated: Jan 07, 2012, 11:00 AM IST

London: Liverpool football club is embroiled in another race controversy after Oldham defender Tom Adeyemi was allegedly abused at Anfield by fans.

The incident took place during Liverpool’s 5-1 FA Cup win over Oldham at Anfield.

Adeyemi broke down in tears after spectators in the Kop end have reportedly called the defender ‘a f****** black *******.’

It is understood that Adeyemi has given a statement to police in which he claimed he was the victim of a racist attack, which included the term “black c***”.

Players from both sides intervened with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and striker Dirk Kuyt amongst those attempting to reassure the Oldham player, the Daily Mail reports.

Liverpool confirmed an incident took place and said investigations were continuing.

“An incident occurred in the second half of the match which is now being investigated by both the club and the police,” said a statement.

Local police have released a statement, adding: “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.

“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 any action needs to be taken.”

The event will undoubtedly mar the club’s reputation following the recent suspension handed out to striker Luis Suarez for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.