Livermore escapes FA sanction after fan bust-up

Livermore heard the comment and stepped into the crowd to confront the supporter

Livermore heard the comment and stepped into the crowd to confront the supporter

The Football Association has decided not to punish West Bromwich Albion midfielder Jake Livermore over his confrontation with a West Ham United supporter.

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Jake Livermore will face no formal action from the Football Association after confronting a supporter in the crowd during the Premier League clash with West Ham at the London Stadium on January 2.

Livermore became embroiled in a row with a spectator after being substituted in West Brom's 2-1 defeat at the London Stadium last week.

Taking into account the sensitivities around the incident, the FA does not believe Livermore should be subject to any formal action.

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Livermore and the unnamed supporter were involved in a heated exchange when the fan is said to have made reference to the death of the player's son in 2014.

The FA has reminded Livermore of his responsibilities as a professional player, but mainly with regard to not entering the supporters' area for his own safety, rather than passing comment on whether his reaction was justified or not. Livermore's teammates, along with help from stewards, prevented him from moving any closer to the individual. "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".

He was spared a suspension due to "the unique nature of circumstances".

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