Furman deems Adeyemi taunts an ‘absolute disgrace’

Oldham captain Dean Furman has said he understood the reactions of teammate Tom Adeyemi to the abuse he suffered in the FA Cup tie at Liverpool saying that the taunts had been an “absolute disgrace.”

The incident happened towards the end of Friday evening’s game, won 5-1 by Liverpool, when the 20-year-old, who is on loan from Norwich, appeared to take offence to something shouted from the Kop.

Despite reassurance from his teammates as well as Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and forward Dirk Kuyt, the right-back was visibly upset and tearful.

The matter was reported to match officials and subsequently the police, who have confirmed they have launched an investigation into the matter.

Liverpool, who have been embroiled in a racist abuse row involving striker Luis Suarez and Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, are also looking into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

‘What happened should not happen’
Furman declined to comment on whether the insult was of a racial nature.

“He was abused and I’ll leave it to [Adeyemi] and the police to investigate that,” Furman said.

“What happened should not happen in the game. It has been highlighted over the last few months and it is an absolute disgrace.”

When pressed as to whether the abuse was of a racial nature, Furman added: “It is difficult for me to say anything. When one of your boys is down like that we all feel it. [Adeyemi], the authorities and police will sort out the situation. I hope the authorities take heavy action because it was a disgrace. A lot of credit goes to [Adeyemi] for the way he handled the situation.”

Police officers were trawling through video footage on Saturday and preparing to interview Adeyemi.

Merseyside police have opened an investigation together with Liverpool, but say there has been no formal complaint and that no one has been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated behaviour.

Suarez was recently banned for eight matches for racist abuse.– Sapa-AFP

An actual Black Friday deal

Subscribe for R2/mth for the first three months. Cancel anytime.

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Latest stories

SANParks shifts to solar and spekboom

Solar-generated pumps are pumping larger volumes of water for wildlife than diesel used to, and spekboom is helping offset carbon emissions

Mandatory vaccination on cards as Ramaphosa keeps South Africa on...

Ramaphosa calls out world leaders for irrational travel bans as scientists gather evidence on new Omicron variant

South Africa’s just energy transition: A balancing act

South Africa’s transition to renewables will depend on its ability to attract sustained energy investments

Western Union suspends services in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado

It is now considerably more difficult for Mozambicans in the conflict-hit province to use financial services
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×