Football in Brief: Red faces over video footage; Cabaye's violent conduct charge; Portsmouth bank accounts frozen over tax


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Liverpool have apologised after footage appearing to show a fan making an allegedly racist gesture during the FA Cup fourth-round victory over Manchester United at the weekend was shown on the club's website. "We can confirm that footage was mistakenly included in the highlights package that appeared on the website," a club official told the BBC. "It should not have been included and we are sorry."

Meanwhile, a man arrested over an alleged racist gesture made during the game has been released on bail. The 58-year-old, from north Wales, was held on Saturday evening hours after the game, the first between the rivals since the eight-match ban imposed on Liverpool striker Luis Suarez after the FA found him guilty of racially abusing the United captain, Patrice Evra.

Cabaye's violent conduct charge

The Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye has been charged with violent conduct following an incident in Saturday's FA Cup defeat at Brighton. The FA has charged Cabaye after he allegedly kicked out at Adam El-Abd.

Arsenal's Robin van Persie will face no action over an incident involving Aston Villa's Carlos Cuellar. Villa manager Alex McLeish called for action claiming Van Persie used an elbow on the Spaniard.

Portsmouth bank accounts frozen over tax

Portsmouth say their bank accounts have been frozen following the winding-up petition issued by HM Revenue & Customs.

Andrew Andronikou, the administrator of the Championship club's parent company, Convers Sports Initiatives, revealed last week they owe £1.6m in unpaid tax.

However, Pompey are confident their accounts will be reactivated in the coming days. A club statement read: "The club's bank accounts have been frozen, which is the normal process. The club is now seeking a validation order from the court in order to have its bank accounts unfrozen so that staff wages and suppliers can be paid."