The abuse suffered by Oldham defender Tom Adeyemi in Friday night's 5-1 FA Cup third round defeat to Liverpool at Anfield was an "absolute disgrace", according to his captain Dean Furman.
Towards the end of the game the 20-year-old, on loan from Norwich, appeared to take offence to something shouted from the Kop. Despite reassurance from his team-mates, plus Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and forward Dirk Kuyt, the right-back was visibly upset and tearful. Police are investigating the matter.
Furman, who declined to comment on whether the insult was of a racial nature, told BBC Radio Manchester: "He was abused and I'll leave it to Tom and the police to investigate that. What happened should not happen in the game. It has been highlighted over the last few months and it is an absolute disgrace."
When pressed as to whether the abuse was racially motivated, Furman added: "It is difficult for me to say anything.
"When one of your boys is down like that we all feel it. Tom, the authorities and police will sort out the situation.
"I hope the authorities take heavy action because it was a disgrace. A lot of credit goes to Tom for the way he handled the situation."