Manchester City's bus was attacked by a group of Liverpool fans outside of Anfield tonight with beer cans, bottles and flares shattering windows and damaging the bus prior to the Champions League clash.
Before the tie, warnings had been issued by Liverpool football club while the route Manchester City were set to travel in by was changed but it did little to prevent fans attacking the coach resulting in smoke filling the bus before players disembarked.
Speaking on RTE Sport, Liam Brady expressed his surprise at the incident labeling it "disgusting." Fans had organised a 'legal' coach welcoming on social media prior to the game but it quickly split over.
Manchester City coach wrecked by Liverpool fans on the way to the stadium. Windows smashed and it's unusable for the journey back.
— Jonathan Smith (@jonnysmiffy) April 4, 2018
Manchester City team bus badly damaged by projectiles while makin its way through crowds to Anfield. Nobody hurt but bus has been rendered undriveable and a replacement sent. Liverpool expected to issue a statement apologising and have apologised at boardroom level #LFC #MCFC
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) April 4, 2018
😲 🎉 Would not want to be a City player on that bus
( 📹 @DistanceCovered )#LFC#LIVMCI pic.twitter.com/TSxDIwvAxY
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) April 4, 2018
Speaking before the game, Jurgen Klopp apologised to the club.
Jurgen Klopp was disappointed that the Manchester City bus was engulfed in smoke prior to kick-off here and apologised to the club. pic.twitter.com/vVdKe70rnG
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) April 4, 2018
As for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, he accepted Klopp's apology.
I know that is not Liverpool. The story of the club is much bigger than these four, five or ten guys.
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