Liverpool fans have been advised not to use flares and smoke bombs ahead of their Champions League quarter-final match against Manchester City.
City will go up against the Reds in the first leg at Anfield on April 4 and a viral shared post through Twitter has urged Liverpool fans to bring flares and flags, norms and bangers, pints and pyro to Anfield Road two hours earlier the match.
The post, in spite of the fact that did not flow from any predefined fan club or the other way around, has alarmed the visitors. Seeing the reaction of the post, the Manchester City board have communicated their stresses to the Anfield specialists and now Merseyside Police have rehashed that any person who uses firecrackers will be prosecuted.
Previously in 2014, a city bus loaded with fans experienced a bizarre horrendous situation when a portion of the Liverpool fans pelted stones towards them. Villarreal’s group transport was in like manner subjected to a threatening social occasion in 2016 in front of a Europa League semi-final at Anfield.
Liverpool were additionally fined three times by UEFA for the usage of flares and fireworks on their way to the Europa League last in 2016.
In this way, with such past record, the City order communicated their worry over the issue and the Merseyside specialist now have expressed their strict position regarding the matter.
An announcement discharged on Tuesday with respect to the circumstance and further the activity read: “We are aware that fans have indicated they plan to gather ahead of the Champions League match to be played on 4 April 2018 between Liverpool and Manchester City.
“Merseyside Police will have a comprehensive policing operation in place, alongside Liverpool Football Club, in preparation for the fixture. As with any match, we have worked to ensure that this game can be enjoyed by all in a safe environment, as well as minimising any disruption on the roads. We will liaise with both clubs and their supporter groups to ensure the event is enjoyed safely by everyone.
“There will be additional officers on duty at the ground and we will have a city centre policing plan in place throughout the day, to further ensure that spectators and visitors to the city are kept safe and to smoothly facilitate the movements of those travelling to and from the game.
“While recognising that some supporters feel they can add to the atmosphere of the occasion, the use of flares and other pyrotechnics at and around football matches is a concern. We fully support the club in working to eradicate this dangerous and reckless practice and would ask that supporters work with us.
“The police and courts take these offences very seriously and prosecution can result in a prison sentence. I would remind people that this can apply not only within the stadium, but also in the surrounding streets and when attempting to enter the ground.”