LIVERPOOL (Sporting Alert) — The Premier League will look into an incident involving Fabio Borini after the Liverpool forward apparently spit in the direction of the Arsenal bench on his way off the pitch on Sunday.
Borini, a second half substitute for Liverpool, was sent off late in the English Premier League battle at Anfield after getting a second booking in a short span, following a high kick on Santi Cazorla.
The striker then raced off the pitch all pumped up, before television replays showed him supposedly spitting towards the Arsenal bench as the home fans shockingly applauded him while he raced down the tunnel.
It is understood that both Liverpool and Premier League officials will be investigating the incident before deciding on whether Borini should be given extra punishment for his action.
Borini came on the pitch in the 74th minute all fired up looking to show his Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers that he should be starting.
However, he collected a “stupid” yellow card for slamming the ball into the pitch in protest of what he thought was a bad call by the referee on a throw-in decision. Moments later, he rightfully picked up his second booking for a high kick that rushed down the chest of Cazorla.
“I think young Fabio was keen to come on and affect the game and his emotions got ahead of him, but there is no excuse for his sending off, Rodgers said.
Despite going down to 10-man, meanwhile, Liverpool battled from a goal down to take a point in the 2-2 draw.
“We are moving in the right direction,” the Liverpool boss said.
“I’m delighted with our performances this week against Manchester United, Bournemouth and Arsenal, it shows we are getting back to where we are.
“It was an outstanding performance, our passing and movement on the pitch, which is terrible, was superb.”