Manchester City and Liverpool have released a joint statement condemning the behaviour of some fans during their Carabao Cup clash on Thursday.
A 15-year-old girl suffered head injuries, after reportedly being hit by a pint cup weighed down with coins, while supporters in the Liverpool disabled section were racially abused.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed it was investigating a number of concerning incidents at the match, which City won 3-2 to progress to the quarter-finals.
The GMP statement read: “Greater Manchester Police is investigating a number of incidents that occurred during and after the Manchester City v Liverpool EFL Cup tie last night (22 December).
“A 15-year-old girl was treated for head injuries at the match at Etihad Stadium.
“GMP’s match commander, Superintendent Gareth Parkin, said: ‘We are aware of a number of objects, including coins and a smoke bomb, that were thrown during the match.
“‘We will be investigating the incidents and reviewing CCTV from the night.
“‘Clearly throwing objects in a confined area can be dangerous, and have serious and sometimes devastating consequences – GMP sends its thoughts and wishes to the girl who was injured and wish her a speedy recovery.”
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The two Premier League clubs have subsequently released a joint statement in the wake of the fan behaviour.
The statement read: “Liverpool FC, Manchester City FC and the chairs from our supporter groups have worked together in recent weeks to remind fans of our expectations and both clubs would like to thank the vast majority of fans for their behaviour at last night’s Carabao Cup match at the Etihad Stadium.
“It is however hugely disappointing that there were a number of incidents during last night’s match that are wholly unacceptable. These incidents will be fully investigated, reported to the police and the individuals who are found to be responsible will be subject to the sanction process of their respective club.
“Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC are fully committed to working together to eradicate these issues from our fixtures. They have no place in football.”