FA confirms decision on Henderson and Gabriel’s brawl during the Arsenal vs Liverpool game

The FA have confirmed no action will be taken following the on-field bust-up between Arsenal star Gabriel and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.

The FA have confirmed no further action will be taken following the bust-up between Arsenal defender Gabriel and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson in the match at the Emirates earlier this month.

The pair had clashed after referee Michael Oliver awarded a penalty to Arsenal in their 3-2 home win on October 9. Henderson was accused by the Brazilian-born defender of making an offensive remark and the FA have carried out a full investigation.

The FA have said in a statement that several players from both teams were spoken to as witnesses but none heard the alleged comment. Lip readers and linguistic experts were employed in an attempt to discover what was said on the pitch.

However, the FA is satisfied there is no case to answer. The full statement from the FA reads:

“Following an investigation into an allegation received by The FA in the Premier League fixture between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC on Sunday 9 October 2022, The FA can confirm that it will not be taking any disciplinary action.

“The FA received a complaint about an incident involving two players in this fixture. As a result of the complaint, The FA conducted a full and thorough investigation.

“The investigation included taking witness statements from the complainant and accused, along with an additional six players who were within proximity of the alleged incident, reviewing multiple angles of video footage, and seeking independent linguistics experts’ evidence. None of the witnesses heard the alleged comment, and the player accused strenuously denied the allegation throughout.

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