Jordan Henderson breaks silence on incident with Gabriel


Henderson has revealed how he feels after he was cleared of wrongdoing by the FA in a heated incident with Arsenal defender Gabriel Magallus

Heated moment between Gabriel Magallus and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson 

Henderson was accused of making offensive comments towards Gabriel during Arsenal's 3-2 win at the Emirates on October 9. The FA obtained testimony from six players from both teams, reviewed video footage and consulted language experts before deciding there was no reason to answer.

Henderson has always vigorously denied the allegation, and the FA eventually accepted his claim that he had been misheard.

For the first time since the verdict, the England midfielder reflected on the FA investigation sparked by referee Michael Oliver's post-match report.

“I understand why I have to be asked about this, but what I tried to do was respect the process,” he told the

Daily Mail.

“I have spoken before about black players being brave enough to speak out about discrimination so I couldn’t then change my stance. I still feel I need to show respect now, even though it’s been dealt with.

“I’ve let the FA do what they needed to do and I still feel it wouldn’t be right for me to speak about it. It is just as important to respect the process afterwards as it is during the case. I could speak to you all day about how I was feeling, but I have to accept what happened and move on. By the way, that wasn’t easy.

“There were a million and one things I wanted to say – emotional things – but I think it would have been wrong. It has not changed my mind that people must be empowered to come forward if they feel they have been wronged.

“It has changed my thoughts a little bit about the person who has been accused but if people feel they have been discriminated against, they must come forward.

“It would not be right for me to sit here and say how hard it was for me, because there is another person involved as well. It has been dealt with and it was another learning experience in my life.”

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