Liverpool might be forced to play Champions League match behind closed doors

Liverpool face the threat of playing a Champions League match behind closed doors next season.

This is 8 weeks on since the disgraceful attack on the Manchester City bus in April, in the lead up to both sides Champions League quarter final clash at Anfield. As the Manchester City bus made its way to the stadium, it was bombarded by an array of bottles, flares, and cans by fans lining the street. That left the bus unift to be driven, forcing Manchester City to get another coach for the ride home.

Although both Klopp and Liverpool have apologised to Manchester City and condemmed those responsible, the club still faces action from UEFA. Liverpool could face the possibility of a fine and warning, or even having to play one of their Champions League matches in an empty stadium. The final decision will be made soon by the ethics and disciplinary body in Nyon.

Besides the bus attack, Liverpool were also charged over fans setting off fireworks and throwing objects in the stadiums for both legs of the quarter final. To add on, they also face punishment for crowd disturbances, setting off fireworks and throwing of objects for the first leg of the semi final against Roma, as well as for throwing fireworks for the game in Italy. In total, the Merseyside club face a total of 10 charges.

Meanwhile, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will also find out the extent of his ban after being sent to the stands in the second leg against Liverpool. Guardiola recieved his marching orders at half time after arguing with the referee over the offside decision against Leroy Sane.

Pep received an automatic 1-match touchline ban for his dismissal. However, UEFA has the power to extend the ban to 2 or 3 matches if they deemed the Catalonian guilty of verbally abusing or insulting referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz.


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