Merseyside Police are working with Manchester City over allegations that coins were pelted at Pep Guardiola and a club manager’s windscreen was damaged during the 1-0 defeat at Anfield.
Police say no incidents have been reported but they are in touch with both clubs “to understand a number of reported incidents”.
Liverpool have threatened a life ban on anyone found guilty of coin tossing but have expressed disappointment at away supporters’ chants surrounding the Hillsborough and Heysel stadium disasters, which saw the grandstand concourse of the Anfield Road was damaged with similar graffiti.
“We can confirm that we are working closely with Liverpool and Manchester City football clubs to understand a number of reported incidents that occurred at the game at Anfield yesterday, Sunday 16 October,” it said a statement from Merseyside Police.
“We were made aware that lewd and disorderly behavior had taken place during the Liverpool v Manchester City game, including allegations of coin tossing and lewd graffiti being sprayed in the away area.
“We have also been made aware of an allegation that a Manchester City team manager has been damaged.
“However, we have had no reported incidents or that objects have been thrown onto the buses and we are now working with MCFC to establish the circumstances of what happened and the claim that damage was caused.
“Such behavior will not be tolerated and we are working with both clubs to identify and bring to justice anyone held responsible for abusive and disorderly behaviour.”
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.
Asked about the latest incident after the game, 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.”
Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp knew nothing about the matter, but 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.”
In a statement, Liverpool said coin tossing was “completely unacceptable behaviour” and stressed “those found guilty will face penalties including a lifetime ban from Anfield and a possible football ban”.
City have not commented on the attacking chant issue, but it is understood the club felt pre-game comments from Klopp had unnecessarily fueled tensions between the two clubs.
Klopp said state clubs like City, which are headed by Sheikh Mansour of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, had “no ceiling” and could “do whatever they want” due to their vast finances and that others couldn’t keep up.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/merseyside-police-manchester-city-liverpool-police-jurgen-klopp-b2204520.html Police are working with Liverpool and Manchester City over incidents at the Anfield Road clash