Liverpool issue statement on Tom Adeyemi

Liverpool have released a statement following the incident at Anfield involving Oldham Athletic's on-loan Norwich City defender Tom Adeyemi.

Liverpool have released a statement following the incident at Anfield involving Oldham Athletic's on-loan Norwich City defender Tom Adeyemi.

A 20-year-old man arrested on suspicion of racially abusing Adeyemi has been released on bail, police said on Sunday.

A statement from the club read: "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."

Liverpool defended their record on racism and pointed to the ethnic diversity of their own fanbase.

"Our supporters are renowned throughout the world for their outstanding commitment, passion and fairness," the club statement issued on Sunday night continued.

"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."

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