Liverpool FC has apologized after Tom Adeyemi allegedly suffered racial abuse at Anfield Friday. The 20-year-old Oldham Athletic defender reacted furiously to something someone in the crowd said to him late in the second half.
Adeyemi claimed he was the victim of racial abuse from someone in the crowd. LFC immediately cooperated with the Merseyside police to help gather facts about the incident. The club turned over CCTV footage and photos of the particular area of the stands.
On Saturday, a 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offense. LFC intends to ban the man from Anfield for life if he is found guilty of the charge.
The club also released a statement about the incident and reiterated its anti-racism stance. It appears in full below:
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.
Our supporters are renowned throughout 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.