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Liverpool escape T-shirt sanction

The English FA will not take any formal action against Liverpool after their players wore T-shirts carrying a message of support for a fan who was jailed for the attempted murder of a Bulgarian waiter in 2005.

The English Football Association will not take any formal action against Liverpool after their players wore T-shirts carrying a message of support for a fan who was jailed for the attempted murder of a Bulgarian waiter in 2005. Liverpool players wore the T-shirts in the warm-up for the Premier League match against West Ham on Monday. Michael Shields was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted of the attempted murder of Martin Georgiev in Bulgaria after the Champions League final in Istanbul.

Liverpool's players were seen wearing 'Free Michael now' T-shirts ahead of the televised 0-0 draw with West Ham at Anfield. Despite another man confessing to the attack, Shields was locked up, but his supporters still campaign to prove his innocence. An FA spokesman said: "We have spoken to Liverpool today. We understand that Michael Shields' case is a very emotive issue and one that many Liverpool players and fans feel strongly about.

"We are satisfied that they understand the sensitivities around football matches being used as a platform for political messages." * PA Sport