Liverpool fans warned against using pyrotechnics ahead of Manchester City clash at Anfield
Last Updated: 20/03/18 3:34pm
Liverpool supporters have been warned they face prosecution if they use pyrotechnics to greet Manchester City's coach ahead of the upcoming Champions League quarter-final at Anfield.
City travel to face the Reds in the first leg at Anfield on April 4 and a widely-shared post on social media has urged Liverpool fans to bring "flares and flags, banners and bangers, pints and pyro" to Anfield Road two hours ahead of kick-off.
Flares and smoke bombs were used to greet Villarreal ahead of a Europa League semi-final second-leg at Anfield in 2016 and Merseyside Police have warned fans they will be prosecuted if they attempt a repeat next month.
A statement released on Tuesday 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."
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