UEFA will deal with Liverpool’s unfortunate prematch attack on the Manchester City team bus after the season.
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There were some fears the Reds would face in-season punishment for Wednesday’s incidents, which led to four charges announced by UEFA on Thursday:
– 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 acts were widely condemned, with statements by Liverpool, Steven Gerrard, and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola lambasting fans who made the City bus unable to carry the team back to Manchester after the match (A replacement was sent).
Merseyside Police match commander superintendent Paul White detailed the police intent regarding the incident, and law enforcement has set up an email address for fans and onlookers to send video footage in pursuit of the culprits.
“It is 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.”