Thursday 22 February 2018

West Brom confirm Jake Livermore was taunted over the tragic death of his infant son

West Bromwich Albion footballer, Jake Livermore
West Bromwich Albion footballer, Jake Livermore
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

West Bromwich Albion have offered their support to midfielder Jake Livermore, after he confronted West Ham supporters who goaded him over the death of his infant son.

Livermore was spotted moving into the crowd at the London Stadium during his side’s 2-1 defeat against West Ham on Tuesday night, with the Baggies offering this statement to clarify the reasons for his actions.

“In the light of intense media speculation, West Bromwich Albion would like to clarify an incident involving our player Jake Livermore in last night's Premier League game at West Ham,” it read.

“Following his substitution in the second half, Jake was subjected to general abuse from home supporters which he shrugged off. 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.

“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.”

Football Association officials are currently investigating the incident, with Livermore receiving huge support on social media following revelations over the nature of the abuse.

Livermore and his partner Danielle Del-Giudice were devastated when their baby Jake Jnr died shortly after birth, with a subsequent inquest finding mistakes made by medical staff at the time contributed to the tragedy.

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