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Liverpool's race row handling praised

Adeyemi was visibly shaken following the incident (©GettyImages)
Adeyemi was visibly shaken following the incident (©GettyImages).

Oldham Athletic have paid tribute to Liverpool and Merseyside police's treatment of the complaint of racist abuse at Tom Adeyemi during last weeks FA Cup third round tie at Anfield.

The 20-year-old was clearly distressed after being allegedly abused by a member of the crowd during the cup clash on Friday.

Following an official complaint, police arrested a 20-year-old on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence, while Liverpool issued an official apology to Ademyemi.

"The chairman and directors of Oldham Athletic football club would like to thank Liverpool football club and officers of Merseyside police for their concerns and painstaking efforts in investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident involving Tom Adeyemi," a statement read.

"Excellent communication has been maintained and the club and player have been notified of every detail during the progress of the investigation. The professional standards applied throughout have been praiseworthy."

"The club would also like to thank the numerous fans from Liverpool and Oldham, and also those from around the country who have sent letters of support to Tom. This type of incident is contained within a minority and should not deflect from a superb match that was enjoyed by both sets of club officials and fans."

The affair is the latest racial incident involving Liverpool this season, after Luis Suarez was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra, and subsequently banned for eight matches.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish says the club have to stick together in the wake of a second wave of controversy to hit the club.

"Over the past few weeks there has been a perception that the football club isn't doing what it should be doing, but I don't think the football club would ever go down that road," he said. "We will always support the official campaigns related to racism.

"Obviously there was a big issue with Luis. The players showed support for Luis which was fantastic, but then some people interpreted that wrongly as the players saying they're not interested in the fight against racism. That is totally and utterly rubbish.

"If we can help to eradicate racism or discrimination from any part of the society, with the help of anybody at Liverpool Football Club, then that help will be forthcoming.

"We don't want racism anywhere near football and certainly not anywhere near this football club," he said.

"Then we move on and we had another incident with young Tom Adeyemi for Oldham. All we can say - it's a police matter - is if Tom, the police want any help in any way, shape or form then we'll give it to them. For me, the most important thing is that as a football club we all stick together.

"We all have a responsibility to act responsibly. The person who shouted whatever he shouted at Tom that upset him, if we can help the police find out who it is and he gets charged, then whatever we can do to make the punishment as severe as it could be will be done."

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