Liverpool vs Everton
The fallout from Liverpool’s FA Cup win over Everton back in January is finally coming to an end.
Arguably the biggest talking point after the match was over what Roberto Firmino said to Everton’s Mason Holgate.
Firmino was sent flying over the advertising hoardings as he and Holgate battled for possession near the touchline.
Immediately afterwards, and right under the nose of referee Bobby Madley, Firmino got into a heated exchange with the Everton defender.
Holgate claimed that Firmino racially abused him. However the FA failed to support that claim, and Firmino has since been cleared of all charges.
Mason Holgate ‘homophobic tweets’
Mason Holgate also faced another difficult situation after the FA Cup game, as Liverpool fan shared historic ‘homophobic tweets’ from the Everton defender.
The tweets, which contained offensive language such as “fag”, “faggotttttttttt” and “battyboy”, were posted in 2012 and 2013 and have since been deleted.
— LFC Transfer Guru (@LFCTransferGuru) January 5, 2018
Previously Watford striker Andre Gray was slapped with a four game ban when his ‘homophobic tweets’ were discovered.
However, the Times report on Wednesday, that Everton’s Holgate is set to escape any punishment:
Mason Holgate is set to avoid a misconduct charge after an FA investigation into allegedly homophobic tweets the Everton defender sent as a teenager.
There is a growing feeling at the FA that a written warning and a place on an education programme would be an appropriate sanction.
His age is understood to have featured heavily in the FA’s deliberations.
For the record, Holgate was just 15 when he posted his offensive tweets.
Everton are back in action on Saturday in the Premier League when Brighton visit Goodison Park.
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