Liverpool fan cleared of charges

The Liverpool fan accused of racially abusing Oldham defender Tom Adeyemi in an FA Cup clash at Anfield back in January has been cleared of all charges.

A 20-year-old man from Aintree was arrested after the fixture, with Adeyemi claiming that the supporter had shouted a racist remark at him during the second half of the cup tie.

However the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have stated that there is inadequate evidence to take the case any further.

“I have considered a file of evidence submitted by Merseyside police, relating to an incident which occurred when Liverpool and Oldham Athletic met in the FA Cup,” Jane Roden, head of the complex casework unit at CPS Merseyside said, recorded by The Guardian.

“I have viewed the extensive CCTV footage available, which has been enhanced to isolate and improve the sound.

“I have also read statements from Mr Adeyemi, the match officials and the many independent witnesses to the incident, many of whom came forward after the game to offer their evidence after hearing media reports of the incident.

“There are two important factors I have relied upon when making my decision: the enhanced CCTV footage and the high proportion of witness statements which tend to support the suspect’s version of events.

“On the balance of all of the evidence, I have therefore concluded that there is insufficient evidence to bring any criminal charges in this case and I have advised Merseyside police of my decision,” she concluded.

By Gareth McKnight