Adeyemi suspect bailed over Anfield abuse
A 20-year-old man arrested on suspicion of racially abusing Oldham footballer Tom Adeyemi during an FA Cup game against Liverpool has been released on bail, police said on Sunday.
The man, from Aintree, was arrested by Merseyside Police, who are investigating the incident which took place in the second half of the match at Anfield on Friday night. Late in the FA Cup third-round fixture, the 20-year-old, on loan from Norwich, appeared to take offence at something shouted from the Kop.
A police spokesman said the suspect, who was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence, has been released on bail pending further inquiries.
Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association, said he had spoken to Adeyemi about the incident. ''We can confirm that he was the victim of racist abuse towards the end of the Liverpool v Oldham FA Cup tie last Friday evening," Taylor said. "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 enquiries.''
Despite reassurance from his team-mates and Liverpool players Dirk Kuyt and Steven Gerrard, right-back Adeyemi seemed close to tears following the incident. There then appeared to be discussion between the fourth official and a police officer down by the tunnel while the match was continuing.
Liverpool, who won the match 5-1, said they were also investigating the incident. The club issued a statement saying it was continuing to work closely with the police to establish the facts surrounding the incident.
The statement said: ''We take this matter extremely seriously and have today provided the police with the evidence we currently have available to us. This includes CCTV coverage and still photography of what we believe to be the relevant part of the stadium, statements from matchday stewards in that area and full access to all the footage captured by the cameras filming the match for our in-house TV operation.
''In addition, we have examined records of the tickets purchased in that part of the ground to see if they provide any additional information and have passed that on to the police. 'Finally, we would also urge any of our supporters who witnessed this incident or saw the individual involved and who have not already done so, to contact either the club or the police.''
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.