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Liverpool and Roma have been charged by UEFA for crowd disturbances ahead of their Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield.
The Reds’ charge relates to supporters who set off fireworks and threw objects, while Roma’s is for crowd disturbances, per James Pearce at the Liverpool Echo:
James Pearce @JamesPearceEcho
UEFA open disciplinary proceedings against #LFC and Roma related to CL semi-final first leg at Anfield. Liverpool charged with setting off of fireworks, throwing of objects and crowd disturbances. Roma charged with crowd disturbances. Will be dealt with on May 31.
Supporters from both sides clashed before the game at Anfield, which saw a Liverpool fan left in a critical condition, per Sam Dean at The Telegraph.
Two Italian men were charged over the attack and remain in custody, per BBC. It is unclear if the UEFA charge also relates to the attack, per David Conn at the Guardian:
David Conn @david_conn
Uefa has charged Roma for crowd misconduct outside Anfield at the Champions League semi final; not said if it relates to the attack on Sean Cox. Liverpool also charged for crowd disturbances and pyro. #lfc
Dan Roan at BBC Sport showed fans clashing outside Anfield:
Dan Roan @danroan
Coming up on @BBCNews at 6, I speak to one witness to last night’s shocking scenes outside Anfield, as Roma fans leave a Liverpool supporter in a critical condition https://t.co/BwbFAGDo4A
Roma president James Pallotta criticised his team’s supporters after the incident in an interview with the club’s website and said he was “tired” of a minority of fans destroying his club’s history (h/t Jamie Smith at Goal).
There were also violent scenes ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-final clash with Manchester City at Anfield.
Supporters threw objects at the team bus on its way to the ground, as shown by Goal’s Sam Lee:
Sam Lee @Sammy_Goal
City bus arrives at Anfield. A few cans, flares and bottles thrown at it. The smashed bottle (which you can see towards the end of the vid) nearly landed on my head, which would’ve served me right tbf https://t.co/NgMep0LAhP
Manchester City’s bus was so badly damaged they had to use another to travel home. UEFA also charged Liverpool for that incident, per Sky Sports.
Liverpool went on to beat Roma 5-2 in the first leg of their match before losing 4-2 in the return leg. The Reds qualified for the final courtesy of a 7-6 aggregate score.
Reds fans were warned not to walk to the Stadio Olimpico for the second leg and to use a shuttle bus service, per Tom Duffy at the Liverpool Echo.
The safety measures put in place appeared to work in Rome. Chief Superintendent Dave Charnock of Merseyside Police said there were “no major issues reported“ in the second leg, per Luke Traynor at the Liverpool Echo.
Liverpool and Roma can still both expect sanctions due to their supporters’ actions. The cases are not due to be heard until May 31, which means any punishment will apply to next season’s competition.