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Fan Wars At Anfield

With Manchester City chasing yet another Premier League and Liverpool finding form midweek, this weekend’s fixture was always going to be a feisty affair on the pitch. However, not many in the footballing world would have expected the fan wars to spill out in to the stands the way it did. Well, not so bad that player safety would be brought into question, at least. 

Since the referee blew the final whistle at Anfield, it has been alleged that Manchester City’s team bus was damaged upon leaving Merseyside. Players and staff heard a crack in the glass as the coach passed down Anfield Road. There were even videos circulating online of the Liverpool fans gathering around the bus trying to break the reinforced windows.  

The City Group is now likely to raise its concerns with the Football Association, who now have several incidents from Sunday to study, including the fact that City manager, Pep Guardiola, had coins thrown at him in the in the aftermath of Phil Foden’s goal. A goal which was subsequently ruled out by VAR.  

City backroom staff have even alleged that during last season’s encounter they were spat at by supporters sitting just behind the dugout. The Reds have now vowed to watch CCTV footage in order prosecute anyone responsible and issue them with a lifetime ban. 

Sunday’s fixture was the third time a Manchester city bus has been damaged around the Anfield ground, with the most high-profile incident coming after the 2018 Champions league clash.  

However, it appears as if Manchester City fans aren’t innocent in all of this with Liverpool FC suggesting they were singing vile chants in the away section adding to the fan wars around the game.  

A statement on their website read: “We are deeply disappointed to hear vile chants relating to football stadium tragedies from the away section during today’s game at Anfield. The concourse in the away section was also vandalised with graffiti of a similar nature. 

“We know the impact such behaviour has on the families, survivors and all those associated with such disasters. We are working with the relevant authorities, and we will also work with Manchester City in order to do our utmost to ensure these chants are eradicated from football altogether.” 

With this going on in the stands it’s clear to see why things got so heated between the sets of fans. However, the Football Association, now investigating, must take further steps from preventing these individuals from causing such controversy again.  

With the Premier League attracting tourism and families to the games it’s clear that incidents like these cannot become common place. It will be interesting to see the repercussions for both sets of fans in the coming days.  

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