Violence erupts between Liverpool and Manchester United fans at Europa League match


Blackleaf
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Five football fans are in custody after Manchester United's defeat at the hands of Liverpool last night descended in violence.

The two English giants and deadly rivals, English football's two most successful clubs, met in the second leg of an all-English Europa League Last 16 tie at Manchester United's Old Trafford.

Flares were set off by travelling fans before a group of Liverpool supporters in the home section came under attack as tempers frayed at the end of Thursday night's crunch match.

Punches were thrown before stewards and police intervened to protect the away fans as vile taunts were exchanged between both sets of supporters during the last-16 second leg tie at Old Trafford.

Superintendent Jim Liggett, match commander for the game, said there were a "handful" of "concerning incidents" at the end of the game which are under investigation.

He added: "We have made a total of five arrests; however, the behaviour of the majority of fans in attendance was excellent and I would like to thank them for their co-operation throughout."

Earlier, fans travelling to Manchester from Merseyside for the game were greeted with a banner saying "Murderers" and a reference to the Hillsborough disaster strung over a motorway on the way to Old Trafford. Police quickly removed the banner.

The first leg between the two at Anfield last week finished 2-0 to Liverpool. Last night, in the second leg, Martial put United 1-0 up from the penalty spot after 32 minutes to make it 2-1 on aggregate in Liverpool's favour, but a sublime goal from Coutinho just before half time made in 1-1 on the night and 3-1 to Liverpool on aggregate.

Amazingly for two teams with a long and glorious European pedigree, this last-16 tie was the first time the great rivals had ever met in European competition.

Liverpool will play their manager Jurgen Klopp's former club Borussia Dortmund in the Quarter Final.

Violence erupts between fans as Liverpool knock Manchester United out of Europa League



18 March 2016
The Telegraph


Last 16, Second Leg


Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool
Martial 32 (pen).....................................Coutinho 45

Liverpool win 3-1 on aggregate



Stewards had to step in as trouble flared between fans at Old Trafford


Five football fans are in custody after Manchester United's defeat to bitter rivals Liverpool descended into violence.

Flares were set off by travelling fans before a group of Liverpool supporters in the home section came under attack as tempers frayed at the end of Thursday night's crunch match.

Punches were thrown before stewards and police intervened to protect the away fans as vile taunts were exchanged between both sets of supporters during the last-16 second leg tie at Old Trafford.


Fans reportedly broke seats during the violence as the big rivals clashed Credit: Manchester Evening News/Manchester Evening News



Liverpool fans travelling to Manchester from Merseyside for the game were greeted with a banner saying "Murderers" and a reference to the Hillsborough disaster strung over a motorway on the way to Old Trafford. Police quickly removed the banner

Superintendent Jim Liggett, match commander for the game, said there were a "handful" of "concerning incidents" at the end of the game which are under investigation.

He added: "We have made a total of five arrests; however, the behaviour of the majority of fans in attendance was excellent and I would like to thank them for their co-operation throughout."

Earlier, fans travelling to Manchester from Merseyside for the game were greeted with a banner saying "Murderers" and a reference to the Hillsborough disaster strung over a motorway on the way to Old Trafford. Police quickly removed the banner.

At the game, Liverpool fans celebrated dumping their rivals out of the competition on home turf by lighting red flares. Then scuffles broke out in the top tier of the East Stand when a handful of away fans, who were sitting among home supporters, unfurled a club flag - much to the delight of the visiting fans below them.

Greater Manchester Police said two men were arrested on suspicion of affray, one man on suspicion of causing criminal damage after the window of a minibus was smashed, another for being drunk and disorderly and another was given a caution for lighting a flare.

The fixture has seen bad blood between the two clubs for years and during last week's first leg at Anfield, won 2-0 by the hosts, a number of offensive chants in reference to the Hillsborough tragedy were sung by a large section of the away end.

Midway through the second half at Old Trafford there were two very faint separate chants of "Murderers" from the Stretford End but both died out almost before they had got started.


Anthony Martial's first-half penalty brought United back into the tie


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp described Coutinho's goal as a "genius moment". His side will play Borussia Dortmund, the side Klopp managed for seven years until he joined Liverpool last year, in the Quarter Final

Watch Coutinho's goal vs Manchester United:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqzoYop4_IE

A disappointed Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and his staff trudge off the pitch

Last week Manchester United condemned the chants but Uefa took no disciplinary action as no reference was made in the Spanish match officials' reports.

"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," said United's statement on Friday.

"We are in discussion with our fans' groups to seek their support in preventing this type of behaviour in the future."

Greater Manchester Police were alerted to the motorway banner and swiftly took it down.

"Police made aware of offensive banner that was hanging over the M602," GMP said on their Twitter account.

"Officers immediately dispatched and banner now taken down."

Inside the Old Trafford stadium before kick-off one banner in the away end bearing the words "Hang the Roma 4" - in reference to United supporters convicted in 2007 of fighting with police in the Italian capital who subsequently had their jail sentences cut on appeal - was also quickly removed.

The match finished 1-1 with Liverpool going through 3-1 on aggregate.


Violence erupts between fans as Liverpool knock Manchester United out of*Europa League
Last edited by Blackleaf; Mar 18th, 2016 at 08:18 AM..
 
Tecumsehsbones
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What were they charged with? Assault with a deadly handbag?
 
captain morgan
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I'm pretty sure that there were a number of reported accounts of pinching and slapping.... Soccer hoodlums are well known for heaping that kind of abuse onto one another
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

I'm pretty sure that there were a number of reported accounts of pinching and slapping.... Soccer hoodlums are well known for heaping that kind of abuse onto one another

A bit of advice from Uncle Blackleaf: Don't get involved in a mass brawl of football fans, especially if those fans are of two arch-rivals like Liverpool and Manchester United. You may not come out of it alive.
 
Ludlow
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

A bit of advice from Uncle Blackleaf: Don't get involved in a mass brawl of football fans, especially if those fans are of two arch-rivals like Liverpool and Manchester United. You may not come out of it alive.

That ain't football it's soccer.
 
Sons of Liberty
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Brits getting rowdy at a football game, I'm shocked.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Sons of Liberty View Post

Brits getting rowdy at a football game, I'm shocked.

British football fans are amongst the best behaved in the world.
 
Sons of Liberty
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

British football fans are amongst the best behaved in the world.

Scotland and England consistently rank amongst the top five worst on the planet.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Sons of Liberty View Post

Scotland and England consistently rank amongst the top five worst on the planet.

Do they? Can you show me the latest rankings?
 
Sons of Liberty
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Do they? Can you show me the latest rankings?

I'm not going to bother, you'll come up with some bull**** excuse. Safe to say everyone outside the UK knows where hooliganism started.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Sons of Liberty View Post

I'm not going to bother.

That's because you can't.

Quote:

Safe to say everyone outside the UK knows where hooliganism started.

Where it started and who are the worst perpetrators are two completely different things. Football, like all of the world's greatest and most popular sports, started in the UK so it's hardly surprising that football hooliganism started there.

Had football started in Canada then football hooliganism would have started there.
 
EagleSmack
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Ludlow
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmack View Post

Nice selfie
 
EagleSmack
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No you are.