Liverpool apologise to Oldham defender Adeyemi as suspect is bailed by police
Liverpool have apologised to Tom Adeyemi, the Oldham defender who was allegedly racially abused at Anfield on Friday night.
The club were left reeling following allegations that one or more supporters on the Kop had reduced 20-year-old Adeyemi to tears by calling him a ‘black b******’ and a ‘black c***’.
A 20-year-old man from Aintree was arrested and bailed by police in connection with the incident.
Flashpoint: Tom Adeyemi reacts after alleged abuse was directed at him
Liverpool's statement read: 'Liverpool Football Club has been forthright and resolute for many years in its stance against racism and any form of discrimination.
'The Club has worked actively to combat discrimination and has been at the forefront of social inclusion and community activity in football, winning awards and commendations for its work throughout the world. And this Club is determined to continue its part in working with the game's ruling bodies and the other organisations active in this area.
'Whatever the outcome of what is now a police investigation, all of us are deeply sorry for what happened on Friday night and our players and our Club pass on our sincere regrets to Tom Adeyemi for the upset and distress he suffered as a result of the matter at hand.
Holding back: Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt tries to calm Adeyemi after the incident
'Our supporters are renowned
thoughout the world for their outstanding commitment, passion and
fairness. They are drawn from nationalities across the globe with widely
diverse backgrounds and heritages. The actions of any one individual do
not represent our fans. Their stance on these issues is just as
resolute as the Club's. We have a very clearly stated public stance on
discrimination and intolerance with dedicated staff that work hard daily
on programs in this important area.
'Regarding the incident that occurred
on Friday evening, we have given Merseyside police every possible
assistance we can and will continue to provide the necessary support to
their investigation in order to ensure this particular incident is dealt
with properly. We will continue to take the strongest possible
action(s) against unacceptable behaviour during our matches.'
That's him: Adeyaemi points out the culprit at Anfield