Liverpool gather ‘substantial’ evidence after Man City lodge spitting complaint after Anfield draw
Liverpool have collected “substantial” evidence following an alleged spitting incident directed at Manchester City backroom staff at yesterday’s Premier League match.
The club have gathered a number of witness statements from people seated around the dugout area and are working with City staff to collect more evidence and unredacted video footage.
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The club’s official sanctions process can result in a life ban, while there is also the potential for criminal charges.
A Reds spokesperson said: “Following a complaint of a serious alleged incident near the dugout area at Anfield during the second half of Sunday’s game against Manchester City, we are conducting a full investigation, working with all relevant parties including Manchester City, to gather evidence from individuals who witnessed the incident as well as analysing all available video footage.
“The evidence collected to date is substantial and, if requested to do so, will be handed to Merseyside Police given the potential for criminal charges.
“Anfield is our home and we will ensure it is a safe, enjoyable environment for everyone attending and will not allow unacceptable isolated behaviour to impact on our club’s values and principles.”
Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand admits there is no better player in the Premier League than Mohamed Salah right now, lauding his impact on the Reds in the last few seasons.
“He’s the best player in the Premier League right now. It’s bunning my chest talking like this about a Liverpool player,” he said.
“[His goal} was like being on FIFA, that chop, I’ve done that many times on Fifa where you pretend to whip it top corner and then you chop it back. Playground skills.
“Salah is scoring goals that is helping Liverpool win premier League and Champions League titles.”
Ferdinand also praised Liverpool as a whole for their reaction after a poor first half display at Anfield.
He added: “What I like about Liverpool was they started terribly, and they reacted at half time, came out a different animal.
“The first half Liverpool couldn’t get out and City could have had 2 or 3 first half, I think City will be disappointed not to win and Liverpool happy with a draw.”
Source: All The News – Football365
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