Liverpool risk UEFA action over Man City bus attack
5 April 2018 Sports
Liverpool are facing the prospect of disciplinary action by European football authorities following an attack on Manchester City’s team bus before their Champions League quarter-final.
The hosts Liverpool won the tie 3-0 but the attack on the team bus of their opponent Manchester City bus is beginning to get the attention of UEFA.
Missiles were thrown at the bus as it arrived for Wednesday’s first leg at Anfield, which hosts Liverpool won 3-0.
UEFA, European football’s governing body, said it would investigate the setting off of fireworks, the throwing of objects, acts of damage and crowd disturbances.
The case will be dealt with by the UEFA control, ethics and disciplinary Body on May 31, it added.
Although the incidents took place in streets surrounding Anfield, Article 16 of UEFA’s regulations state that “host clubs and national associations are responsible for order and security both inside and around the stadium before, during and after matches”.
British police have launched an investigation to identify those responsible while making an appeal for video evidence.
Liverpool released a statement before the match apologising to City over the incident, saying they would cooperate with the authorities to identify those responsible.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola questioned the organisation of his side’s arrival at Anfield ahead of the highly-charged match.