Liverpool and Manchester United have both been charged by UEFA for the crowd behaviour during the second leg of their Europa League clash.
Per the Liverpool Echo, action has been taken after Liverpool fans chanted: “Manchester is full of s***”, while United have been charged for crowd disturbances and stairways being blocked.
It would appear that audible references to the Munich disaster and Hillsborough tragedies have been ignored by UEFA.
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The governing body have received plenty of criticism for their punishments, with one Twitter user claiming UEFA are “a disgrace to world football.”
Scroll down to see the reaction from both sets of supporters.
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The full charges against Manchester United read: stairways blocked; crowd disturbances and throwing of objects.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will have to answer to calls their fans chanted illicit songs, set of fireworks, threw objects, caused disturbances and caused the second half to start late.
But the charge sheet against the Merseyside club includes no references to the chants about the Munich air crash. Instead, UEFA delegate Paul Mievis was offended by the “Manchester is full of s***” song.
The governing body didn’t take any action after the first leg despite Manchester United fans’ audible chants about Hillsborough.
UEFA will listen to observations from both clubs at a hearing on May 19.
Liverpool secured a 3-1 aggregate win over their rivals after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in the second leg.
Jurgen Klopp’s team were later drawn against tournament favourites and his former team Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals.
The tie pits two of Europe’s most prestigious clubs against each other and UEFA will be pleased that the behaviour of Liverpool fans is unlikely to be as disruptive this time around.
Klopp's return to BVB
The big storyline is Klopp’s return to the team he led to back-to-back Bundesliga titles, and the German admitted he is excited for the clash.
“Two of the biggest clubs in the world meet each other in the Europa League, so everybody who thought a few months ago maybe it’s not that interesting of a tournament, hopefully they’ve switched their minds in the last few weeks,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website.
“The games against Manchester United were two great, great games and now against Dortmund. Going to Dortmund and playing in Dortmund is one of the best things you can do in football.
“And then, they are all 100 per cent looking forward to coming to Anfield.
“It’s football at its best and how it should be. Everybody is looking forward to it. Then, two really intensive games and it’s good.”