Saturday 3 December 2016

Liverpool to investigate claims one of their players mocked Munich air disaster

Carl Markham

Published 18/03/2016 | 09:50

Liverpool are looking into claims youth team player Jordan Williams mocked the Munich air disaster during last night's Europa League match at Manchester United.

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Press Association Sport understands the club are aware of the allegations but have not commented publicly.

A tweet sent from the 20-year-old academy graduate's Twitter account, responding to a video of Liverpool fans celebrating inside Old Trafford after a 1-1 draw sent their side through 3-1 on aggregate, depicted an aeroplane emoji and pair of hands clapping.

In 1958 eight United players were among 23 who died in a crash in snowy conditions at Munich Airport and some Liverpool fans have been known to taunt their arch-rivals with a song and aeroplane gestures.

The tweet was quickly deleted and Williams later apologised, claiming his account had been compromised.

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"My Twitter has been hacked, I would never put anything like that to offend anyone, sorry about this," he wrote.

There was a distasteful atmosphere surrounding the whole match last night with Liverpool supporters arriving for the last-16 second leg tie greeted with a banner with the word 'Murderers' and the date of the Hillsborough disaster - where 96 Liverpool fans died - tied to a bridge over the M602 in Salford.

In the closing minutes of the game a minor scuffle broke out in the top tier of the East Stand when a handful of Liverpool fans, sat among home supporters, unfurled a club flag but stewards moved in swiftly to isolate the group to prevent a further escalation after a few punches were aimed at them by home fans.

Meanwhile, UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United and Liverpool following disturbances during Thursday's highly-charged Europa League tie.

The north-west giants' first-ever European meeting ended with Jurgen Klopp's men progressing from the last-16 with a 3-1 aggregate win, completed with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

Thursday's match was not without incident, though, and within 12 hours of the final whistle UEFA has announced numerous charges against both clubs.

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