Liverpool last night issued an apology to Oldham defender Tom Adeyemi, who claims he was racially abused by a Reds supporter during Friday night's FA Cup tie between the sides.
A 20-year-old man arrested on suspicion of racially abusing Adeyemi has been released on bail, police said yesterday.
The man, from Aintree, was arrested yesterday by Merseyside Police, who are investigating the incident, and the Premier League club have now moved to express their regret over the matter.
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 and our players and our club pass on our sincere regrets to Tom Adeyemi for the upset and distress he suffered.
“Our supporters are renowned for their outstanding commitment, passion and fairness.”
Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association, said he had spoken to Adeyemi about the incident.
He said: “Tom has given a full witness statement and will continue to assist the police fully in their enquiries.”
The investigation takes place as Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is currently seeing out an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.