Jake Livermore to face no FA action over altercation with West Ham fan

The Football Association is taking no action against West Brom and England midfielder Jake Livermore for confronting a fan at West Ham earlier this month, Press Association Sport understands.

The 28-year-old got involved in an angry exchange with a supporter who was sat just behind the away team’s dug-out at the London Stadium after being substituted in the second half of West Brom’s 2-1 defeat.

West Brom have claimed Livermore was provoked by a remark related to the death of his infant son, Jake Junior, in 2014.

West Ham have identified the fan and are currently investigating the matter. If the allegation is proven, the individual could be banned from the stadium for life.

Jake Livermore to face no FA action over altercation with West Ham fan PLZ Soccer
Jake Livermore, right, playing against West Ham, during which match the incident happened (Frank Augstein/AP)

Having asked both clubs for their observations on the incident after January 2 game, the FA is understood to be happy with West Ham’s handling of the case.

While Livermore will face no disciplinary action, the FA has sent a reminder about the dangers of reacting in this manner, although it is understood this has been given more out of concern for his safety than any comment on whether his reaction was justified or not.

The Enfield-born player tested positive for cocaine while at Hull City in 2015, almost a year after his son’s death. Just as now, the FA chose not to ban him because of “the unique nature of circumstances” involved.

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