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The Football Association will open an investigation into allegations by the Everton defender, Mason Holgate, that he was racially abused by Roberto Firmino during Liverpool’s FA Cup win at Anfield.

Both players clashed in the first half of the match, before Firmino reacted angrily and said something to Holgate, who erupted furiously.

Holgate had to be restrained by several team-mates and appeared to complain to the referee, Robert Madley, that a racist term had been used.

The match official reported the allegation to the fourth official, Jon Moss and spoke to the 21-year-old again after the game.

Madley is expected to include the incident in his match report, which will be submitted to the FA.

“The club and the player will fully co-operate with the relevant authorities to ensure the facts are established in a thorough manner if deemed necessary or requested. While that process is ongoing we will not be making any further comment,” a Liverpool spokesperson said.

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