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Sunday, April 4, 1999 Published at 06:04 GMT 07:04 UK


Police probe Fowler goal celebration

Fowler's gesture was apparently in response to drug taunts

Liverpool's Robbie Fowler could be in more trouble after police launched an investigation into one of his goal celebrations during Saturday's 3-2 win over Everton.


Gerard Houllier: "It was just a joke" (BBC Radio 5 Live)
The striker seemingly snorted the pitch's white line like cocaine after converting a penalty to make the score 1-1.

"Following a complaint from a member of the public the matter will be investigated and match officials will be spoken to by officers." said a spokesman for Merseyside police.

The police will be examining video evidence and asking the referee for his match report before taking any action.

Misconduct

The England striker may also be investigated for misconduct by the Football Association after his actions infuriated fans at the Premier League clash at Anfield.


[ image: Fowler is already facing an FA disciplinary hearing]
Fowler is already facing an FA disciplinary hearing
The player had been on the receiving end of abuse from the Everton section of the crowd before scoring the goal.

The taunts centred on unfounded rumours of drug-taking, which began over a year ago.

The England international went public at the time to strongly deny any drug use.

Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier denied that Fowler's celebration was related to the crowd's abuse.

Joke

"It was a joke, it was a goal celebration he had been taught by Rigobert Song when he was playing for Metz in France. I can understand what people might think but it was nothing to do with the taunts he's had from Everton fans." said Houllier.


BBC Radio 5 Live's Jimmy Armfield reports from Anfield
Fowler, who turns 24 before the end of April, is already charged with misconduct and is facing an FA disciplinary hearing over his bust-up with Graeme Le Saux following alleged "gay taunts".

Despite a difficult year on and off the pitch, the player has scored 18 goals this season, and his performance during the match against Everton was a match winning one.



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