Lifetime bans for fans who tossed coins at Pep Guardiola at Anfield

Liverpool have pledged to ban for life anyone found guilty of tossing coins at Pep Guardiola during Sunday’s fiery Premier League clash against Manchester City at Anfield.

City manager Guardiola revealed he was a target for rockets hurled from the crowd after the visitors failed to allow a goal in the second half.

Phil Foden thought he had put City ahead but the goal was ruled out after a VAR check and Liverpool won 1-0 with a Mohamed Salah strike.

Guardiola was not hit by any of the objects but Liverpool promptly launched an investigation into the matter.

A club spokesman said: “We are aware of an incident where objects were thrown into the technical area during today’s game.

“This is totally unacceptable behavior and does not meet the standards of behavior that we expect at Anfield.

“This incident is being fully investigated using CCTV and those found guilty will face penalties including a lifetime ban from Anfield and a possible football ban.”

It is not the first time that matches between Liverpool and City at Anfield have seen crowding problems as the rivalry between the two clubs has increased significantly in recent years.

Most notoriously, bottles and other objects were pelted at City’s team bus when it arrived at the Merseyside ground for a Champions League game in 2018.

When asked about the recent incident, Guardiola said sarcastically: “Next time we’ll do better. It didn’t get me. They’ll try again next year.

“All those coins, they tried but didn’t make it. They got the coach years ago.”

Jürgen Klopp was not aware of the matter, but he apologized on behalf of the home club.

He said, “Oh, terrible. I’m sorry. I apologize for that. I had no idea. It should never happen, ever.”

It wasn’t the only unsavory incident on Sunday, with Liverpool also expressing disappointment at chanting and vandalism from City fans in reference to the Heysel and Hillsborough tragedies.

Next time we’ll do better. It didn’t get me. They’ll try again next year. All those coins, they tried but they didn’t get it. You got the trainer years ago

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While there was singing during the game, graffiti was also left in a number of areas of Anfield Road End, which houses visiting fans.

Photos obtained by the PA news agency show some of the graffiti referring to ‘killer’ and the number of people killed in both Heysel and Hillsborough.

A statement from Liverpool said: “We are deeply disappointed to hear abhorrent chants of tragedy at the football stadium from the away section during today’s game at Anfield. The hall in the guest area was also destroyed with graffiti of a similar kind.

“We know the impact of such behavior on the families, survivors and everyone involved in such disasters.

“We are working with the relevant authorities to do our utmost to ensure these chants are completely eradicated from football.”

The city did not comment on the issue of the chant when contacted by PA.

However, it is understood City felt that comments made by Klopp before the game had unnecessarily fueled tensions between the two clubs.

Klopp said clubs like Sheikh Mansour-run City had “no ceiling” and because of their vast finances “could do whatever they want” and that others couldn’t keep up.

Merseyside Police have confirmed they will be conducting an inquiry into Sunday’s events.

A statement said: “We can confirm that we are working closely with the LFC and MCFC to understand what happened during the game at Anfield today, Sunday 16 October.

“We were made aware that offensive behavior had taken place during the Liverpool v Manchester City game and that offensive graffiti had been sprayed in the away area.

“Such behavior will not be tolerated and we are working with both clubs to identify and bring to justice anyone held responsible for offensive behaviour.” Lifetime bans for fans who tossed coins at Pep Guardiola at Anfield

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