Manchester United and Liverpool could face disciplinary action from UEFA after fans were involved in scuffles and flares were lit during Thursday night’s Europa League last-16 second leg at Old Trafford.
This is according to BBC Sport, who also claim seats were thrown at supporters. Greater Manchester Police confirmed they were forced to make three ‘football-related’ arrests including assault and affray.
Shocking video footage has also emerged of a punch-up taking place between United and Liverpool fans - and you can it by scrolling down this page.
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It’s understood that a group of Liverpool fans were situated in East Stand Tier 2 at Old Trafford - an area of the stadium designated for home supporters - and this eventually caused a fight to break out.
Another supporter took a video from East Stand Tier 1 and it was uploaded onto social media.
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Video: Fans fight in stands
Unconfirmed reports suggest a Liverpool fan waved a flag in the home end and this sparked anger from the United supporters.
United fans criticised last week
Manchester United fans were strongly criticised after last week’s first leg at Anfield for singing vile chants related to the Hillsborough and Heysel disasters.
The club took a stand, however, issuing the following statement after the match: “It has always been the position of Manchester United that chants of this nature, which refer to historical tragedies, have no place in the game and do not reflect the values the club holds.
“We are in discussion with our fans’ groups to seek their support in preventing this type of behaviour in the future.”
Unfortunately, prior to yesterday night’s second leg in Manchester, a huge banner was draped over a bridge on the M602 which read: ‘Murderers’.
It’s currently unclear whether a Manchester United fan was responsible, although members of the Red Devils’ faithful were heard chanting - per the Mirror - “The Sun were right, you’re murderers” at Anfield last week.
Police removed the banner and called for both sets of fans to be on their best behaviour but, sadly, trouble still occurred at Old Trafford later in the evening.
Liverpool progress to quarter-finals
Liverpool progressed to the Europa League quarter-finals thanks to a 3-1 aggregate victory over Louis van Gaal’s side.
Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Anthony Martial restored some hope for the home side with a first-half penalty.
But a brilliant solo effort from Philippe Coutinho put the game beyond United’s reach and sealed Liverpool’s place in Friday’s quarter-final draw.
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