Second-tier Norwich City on Saturday managed to hold Premier League Champions Chelsea to a goalless draw in the third round of the FA Cup.Manager Antonio Conte had made nine changes from the 2-2 draw with Arsenal in the league on Wednesday, keeping only Gary Cahill and Tiemoue Bakayoko in the team.Norwich, relegated to the Championship (second tier) two years ago after one season back in the Premier League, had slightly the better of a quiet first half.Goalkeeper Angus Gunn saved well from Willian in one of the few clear-cut chances either side made, and bringing on Alvaro Morata from a youthful substitutes’ bench did not have the desired effect for Conte’s side.They now face a replay in London to add to a busy January, which also includes a two-leg League Cup semi-final against Arsenal.FA TO PROBE FIRMINO-HOLGATE INCIDENTThe English Football Association is investigating “an allegation” following a confrontation between Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino and Everton defender Mason Holgate during the Merseyside derby in the FA Cup.Referee Bobby Madley reported the allegation to the FA, “which will now begin making enquiries into the matter,” the governing body said Saturday.Holgate angrily remonstrated with Madley after being verbally abused by Firmino toward the end of the first half of the third-round match at Anfield on Friday.Asked after the match whether Holgate accused Firmino of using a racist term, Everton manager Sam Allardyce said: “I’m telling you nothing until whatever systems are used to find out what exactly happened and what didn’t happen.”advertisementLiverpool said late Friday that the club would “fully co-operate with the relevant authorities to ensure the facts are established in a thorough manner.”The incident was sparked by Holgate shoving Firmino into – and over – the advertising boards surrounding the field. The Brazil striker vaulted back onto the playing surface and sprinted toward Holgate, swearing in Portuguese. Madley stepped between them to intervene.Holgate then became aggrieved, and appeared to complain to Madley. Madley spoke to the fourth official, before play continued.
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