Following their defeat at Manchester City, Liverpool’s team bus was allegedly attacked and damaged. The Reds were beaten 4-1 by the Cityzens at The Etihad on Saturday afternoon. However, as Jurgen Klopp’s side were travelling home afterwards, their bus was vandalised with the star-studded squad on-board. Police are now investigating the shocking incident, which saw a brick thrown and a window cracked, according to The Athletic.
Manchester City FC has condemned the attack on Liverpool’s team coach. A statement from the club said: “Manchester City FC has been made aware that Liverpool FC’s coach sustained damage on its return journey following today’s game. We understand an object was thrown towards the coach in a residential area. Incidents of this kind are totally unacceptable, and we strongly condemn the actions of the individual(s) responsible. We will fully support Greater Manchester Police’s investigation into this incident in any way we can.”
Liverpool have yet to publicly comment on the incident. Meanwhile, City have also criticised supporters who sang “inappropriate chants” directed at Liverpool fans in the away end. The club added: “Additionally, the Club is disappointed to have heard inappropriate chants from home fans during the game today. We regret any offence these chants may have caused and will continue to work with supporter groups and officials from both clubs to eradicate hateful chanting from this fixture.”
The incident has sparked outrage among football fans and pundits alike. Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher tweeted: “That is an absolute disgrace! How can this happen?!” Meanwhile, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville said: “It’s a disgrace. It’s an absolute disgrace. I have to say that I’m not the biggest fan of Liverpool Football Club, but you cannot come to a football match and see that.”
The attack on Liverpool’s team bus is not the first time such an incident has occurred in football. In 2018, Manchester City’s team bus was also attacked by Liverpool fans ahead of their Champions League quarter-final clash at Anfield. The incident caused damage to the bus, and City later complained to UEFA about the security arrangements for the match.
Football clubs have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their players and staff, both on and off the pitch. Incidents like this not only put individuals at risk but also tarnish the reputation of the sport. It is important that clubs work together to prevent such incidents from happening in the future and to promote a culture of respect and sportsmanship among fans.