The Liverpool fans decided to give a hostile welcome to the travelling Manchester City players when they arrived at Anfield before the Champions League clash but the incident got out of control and this has led to a lot of chaos.
Smoke bombs and flares were let off and missiles, including bottles and cans, were thrown at the Manchester City coach before was moving into Anfield and this incident has also led to two police officers being injured.
Football governing body UEFA have now opened disciplinary proceedings against Liverpool FC(as reported by the Liverpool Echo)
A statement from UEFA released read: “Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC (3-0) played on 4 April in England.”
The charges against Liverpool FC:
– Setting off of fireworks – Article 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)
– Throwing of objects – Art. 16 (2) DR
– Acts of damage – Art. 16 (2) DR
– Crowd disturbances – Art. 16 (2) DR
“The charges of acts of damage and crowd disturbances relate to incidents involving the Manchester City FC team bus.
“This case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on May 31.”
No arrests have been made regarding this incident but the Merseyside police have set up a dedicated email address for supporters to send them footage.
Merseyside Police Match Commander Superintendent Paul White said: “It is a testament to our officers that they put themselves in harm’s way to protect the people on the bus and members of the public, and it is pleasing to hear that nobody else was seriously injured.
“We worked very closely with both clubs to plan for last night before agreeing the route of the buses to ensure the teams and public were safe before the match.
“It has also been encouraging to see the huge number of messages from people in Merseyside who have condemned the actions of those people who put the enjoyment and more importantly the safety of others at risk.
“What should have been a celebratory event for thousands of people was spoiled by a number of people who threw bottles, cans and pyrotechnics.
“Their actions will not be tolerated by Merseyside Police and we will do everything in our power to find those responsible and put them before the courts.”
Superintendent Paul White added: “We are reviewing CCTV footage, our own bodywork camera footage and working with the club to identify those responsible.
“We know many people were filming the events with camera phones and ask that anyone with any footage of the projectiles being thrown send it to a dedicated email address so that it can be reviewed:.”