After crowd trouble during the Europa League tie between Liverpool and Manchester United at Old Trafford, UEFA are set to charge both teams.
Fans of both clubs were seen to be fighting in the stands, even going to the extent of not just throwing punches- but chairs. Flares were also lit among other forms of pyrotechnics, and 5 men were arrested.
Both clubs have been charged with crowd disturbances and throwing of objects after the 1-1 draw between the two clubs.
Liverpool, who won 3-1 on aggregate, have been charged with illicit chants and the setting off of fireworks. The case will be heard by Uefa’s control, ethics and disciplinary body on 19 May, the day after the Europa League final in Basel.
Greater Manchester Police superintendent Jim Liggett said the force was investigating a “handful of concerning incidents” after Thursday’s game. The police had to remove a banner on the M602 motorway displaying the word ‘Murderers’ towards Liverpool fans heading to Old Trafford.
There is mild opposition to the ‘illicit chant’ charge as far as Liverpool are concerned, as United were not punished by UEFA after some of their fans sang offensive Hillsborough disaster chants during the first leg at Anfield.
Liverpool Youth player’s tweet controversy:
Liverpool Youngster Jordan Williams’ verified Twitter account was subject to controversy during the game, as he tweeted an aeroplane emoji and pair of hands clapping, in response to a video of Liverpool fans celebrating inside Old Trafford. Evidently this is mocking the Munich disaster of 1958, in which 8 Manchester United Players lost their lives.
Williams’ account has been deactivated due to this.