Manchester City is reportedly claiming that their team bus was deliberately targeted as they left Liverpool’s stadium on Sunday evening.
According to the Daily Mail, players and staff on the coach heard a crack as something hit the windscreen. This apparently occurred whilst the vehicle travelled down Anfield Road.
A picture is also circulating showing the damage done to the bus windscreen. A circular impact point has left a significant crack in the glass, although its exact size is unknown.
Fortunately, this seems like the only reported damage. No Manchester City players were harmed either.
However, this is not the first time that City’s bus has suffered from an attack whilst on Merseyside.
History repeats itself
Liverpool fans had lined the streets along the coach’s route to intimidate the away team. They threw bottles, cans, and flares, ultimately rendering the bus unfit to drive.
Whether the intimidation worked or not, Liverpool did win the home leg 3-0. This does not condone the unacceptable actions, though.
As a result of the attack, UEFA fined Liverpool £17,500 for the supporters’ behaviour. The FA and Premier League have not yet commented on this latest.
Liverpool beat Manchester City 1-0
Additionally, the fast-paced and physical game saw both sides feeling aggrieved at the non-awarding of free kicks.
Klopp gets sent off
Late on in the match, referee Anthony Taylor sent off Klopp. This was after his angry response to the referee missing another alleged foul on Mo Salah.
This incident also flared up tempers among players, with Bernardo Silva getting into a pushing match with his opponents.
However, the worst of events occurred in the stands. As Guardiola gesticulated over the key VAR decision, Liverpool fans reportedly threw coins at the visiting manager.
Following this, Klopp apologised to the Man City manager, claiming that he did not see fans throwing coins.
Elsewhere, Liverpool condemned alleged chants from the away end that referenced previous stadium tragedies, as well as graffiti about the incidents, too.
Merseyside Police released a statement to confirm that they will investigate these issues from Sunday’s match.
Now, further negative actions have come to light in the aftermath of the game.
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