FA launch investigation as violence and poor behaviour mars Liverpool

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The FA will investigate complaints from both Liverpool and Manchester City after violence and poor behaviour marred the Premier League match at Anfield on Sunday. City’s manager Pep Guardiola was the target of coins thrown from home fans behind the dugout and their team coach was once again attacked as it left Anfield.

Pictures issued by City yesterday showed a cracked front windscreen although the club stated nobody was injured.

City are to present a “wide-ranging” complaint about their Premier League rivals to the FA.

Liverpool launched a counter claim insisting that vile graffiti about Hillsborough was found in toilets in the Anfield Road away section as well as chanting about the tragedy during the game.

Relations between the two sides have never been lower with Sunday’s narrow win teed up with what City feel was an inflammatory pre-match press conference from Jurgen Klopp.

The Liverpool boss claimed nobody could compete with the resources available to the Abu-Dhabi backed Premier League champions club least of all his own.

Klopp contributed to the febrile atmosphere behind the dugouts when he was sent off for physically confronting assistant referee.

Liverpool said in a statement they would use CCTV to investigate the “totally unacceptable behaviour” surrounding the coin throwing and that those found guilty would face a lifetime ban from Anfield.

Yet bad behaviour from Liverpool fans outside the ground has become an issue for the club and police.

City’s team bus was attacked prior to a league fixture in 2014 and again prior to a Champions League quarter final first leg clash in April 2018.

And Spanish champions Real Madrid were targeted for similar treatment prior to their second leg tie at the same stage of the competition in 2021.

For their part, Liverpool were aggrieved that Hillsborough was once again the subject for vandalism and chanting.

A Liverpool spokesperson said: ‘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 in order to do our utmost to ensure these chants are eradicated from football altogether.”

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