Liverpool condemn bottle attack on Man Utd team bus

By John Mercury December 18, 2023

Liverpool have condemned the actions of a fan who threw a bottle at Manchester United’s team bus before Sunday’s Premier League match.

A video circulated on social media appearing to show a Liverpool supporter filming themselves next to the team bus before aiming the bottle of cider at the vehicle.

The fan, wearing a grey jacket, filmed themselves throwing a bottle of Kopparberg cider at the vehicle while saying “f*** off”.

A club spokesman said: “Liverpool Football Club utterly condemns the actions that led to damage being caused to the Manchester United team bus during its arrival at Anfield this afternoon.

“We are aware of footage of the incident circulating online and are working with Merseyside Police, to fully investigate and identify those responsible.

“Any individuals found guilty of this reprehensible behaviour will also face the full force of the club’s sanction process.”

Sunday’s clash ended in a 0-0 draw at Anfield, leaving Liverpool second in the Premier League behind leaders Arsenal, and United eighth in the table.

Manchester United and Liverpool share a long-standing rivalry, with a number of incidents reported between fans over the years.

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A United fan was arrested at the FA Cup final at Wembley in June for wearing a shirt which had an offensive reference to the Hillsborough disaster, where 97 Liverpool fans died.

And in April last year, United condemned fans who chanted “unacceptable” songs about Hillsborough.

Both clubs called on fans to end “tragedy chanting” and online abuse in March.

United’s closest rivals Manchester City claimed their team bus was attacked outside Anfield last November after a defeat.

Liverpool were also fined in 2018 after fans attacked the City bus before a Champions League match.


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