Liverpool have been charged by UEFA for setting off of fireworks, throwing objects, acts of damage and crowd disturbance after the club’s fans attacked the Manchester City team bus prior to last night’s Champions League Quarter Final.
Flares, Bottles and cans were thrown at the bus by the waiting crowd as the team made their way to Anfield for the match. Liverpool had previously called for their supporters to make the environment ‘hostile’ for the blues prior to the match, but some supporters took it a bit too literally.
City boss Pep Guardiola said he did not expect the incident to happen. “Normally when the police know it is going to happen, they tried to avoid it from happening. We come here to play football and I don’t understand this kind of situation.
”The bus is destroyed, but I did not expect a prestigious club like Liverpool doing this kind of thing. It is not Liverpool, it is the people, maybe one, two or three, but hopefully it does not happen again.”
Liverpool released a statement shortly after the incident, saying: “We apologise unreservedly to Pep Guardiola, his players, staff and officials. The priority now is to establish the facts and offer Manchester City whatever support is necessary.”
And former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said the scenes were a sour the night for the club. “We want a great atmosphere and we want to make it hostile for the opposition, but certain individuals have overstepped the line and it’s bang out of order,” he said on BT Sport.
Thankfully, none of the playing staff were injured, but two police officers suffered cuts and swelling after one was struck by an object, and another cut by glass during the incident.
Merseyside Police match commander, superintendent Paul White said “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: email@example.com.”
The case will be heard on by UEAF’s disciplinary body on May 31st