Monday 28 May 2018

Liverpool fans praised for 'exceptional' behaviour in Rome for Champions League clash

Liverpool's fans celebrates their victory at the end of the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match AS Roma vs Liverpool FC at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on May 2, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's fans celebrates their victory at the end of the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match AS Roma vs Liverpool FC at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on May 2, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images

Andy Hampson

Liverpool's Champions League semi-final in Rome on Wednesday passed without any serious incidents involving supporters, Merseyside Police said.

The second leg of the tie against Roma was played amid heightened security after a Liverpool fan was attacked by Italian supporters prior to the first meeting between the sides at Anfield last week.

Just one arrest has been reported following the game, which Liverpool lost 4-2 on the night but still ended triumphant, with a 7-6 aggregate success taking them through to the final.

Merseyside Police, who coordinated safety arrangements with their Italian counterparts, both clubs and match organisers UEFA, have thanked Liverpool fans for heeding security advice.

Chief superintendent Dave Charnock said: "I would like to commend the Liverpool fans for their exceptional behaviour during last night's match in Rome.

"It was all very good natured and there were no major issues reported.

"One Liverpool fan was arrested by Italian police at the turnstiles on suspicion of common assault and a public order offence but we have not been made aware of any other arrests.

"I am aware there were long queues to get into the ground due to the tight security procedures but fans remained in good spirits throughout and we were able to get them away from the ground safely following the match.

"I would also like to thank the stewards and staff from Liverpool Football Club for their support and assistance."

Safety measures included arranging coach transport for Liverpool fans from the city into the stadium compound.

Liverpool have also expressed their gratitude to travelling fans.

A statement read: "Liverpool would like to thank all supporters who travelled to Rome for Wednesday evening's Champions League meeting with Roma at Stadio Olimpico for their exemplary conduct.

"Over 5,000 fans made the journey to the Italian capital for yesterday's semi-final second leg, behaving impeccably throughout, with no major incidents reported.

"LFC also acknowledges the significant resources deployed by Roma, UEFA, Merseyside police, Italian police and security services in Rome to ensure all fans enjoyed a safe visit."

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