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Albion make Livermore statement


Filed: Wednesday, 3rd January 2018
By: Staff Writer


West Bromwich Albion have released a statement regarding the incident involving Jake Livermore that occurred during last night's match at he Olympic Stadium.

Contrary to reports from other witnesses, the Midlands-based club claim that the 28-year-midfielder reacted after a spectator made a reference to his deceased child.

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"Following his substitution in the second half, Jake was subjected to general abuse from home supporters which he shrugged off," read the statement. "However, he acknowledges that he moved to confront one spectator who chose to make a comment about the death of his infant son.

"The club would like to think that all right-minded football supporters could understand this reaction which did not result in any physical exchanges before Jake was led away to our dressing room.

"Jake is an outstanding young individual who has the total support of everyone at the club and he has made it clear he considers this statement to be an end to an unhappy incident."

West Ham have since studied video footage of the incident and have reported their findings to the FA.

Albion were very appreciative of the swift response by the officials of West Ham in dealing with this matter and are more than happy to leave any further action they deem appropriate in their hands," added West Brom's statement.

"The club has responded to an FA request to offer our observations of the incident and will not be making any further comment."

Albion, who were beaten 2-1 last night are now firmly entrenched in the relegation zone and four points adrift of safety as a result.





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