Monday 21 January 2019

Manchester City left bemused after police admit to no arrests five months after Anfield coach attack

Man City team bus arriving at Anfield
Man City team bus arriving at Anfield
Bottles and cans are thrown at the Manchester City bus as it makes its way to Anfield. Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

James Ducker

Manchester City have been left bemused after Merseyside Police revealed they had failed to make a single arrest more than five months after City’s coach was attacked on its way into Anfield for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final in April.

The Merseyside force has also expressed disappointment that no one had been apprehended for a “serious act of disorder.”

Bottles, bricks and flares were hurled at the coach carrying Guardiola and his team, which caused thousands of pounds worth of damage and forced the club to source a replacement coach to take them home.

But Assistant Chief Constable Ian Critchley, of Merseyside Police, claimed that, having exhausted the lines of inquiry, which included examining more than 130 hours of CCTV, body worn cameras and phone footage, they had been unable to make any arrests.

“Unfortunately, several of our officers sustained injuries,” he said. “It is testament to them that they carried out their duty to ensure the match went ahead.

“This was an act of serious disorder by people, who spoiled what should have been a celebratory event for genuine football goers. We are disappointed at this time that no-one has been brought to justice.”

City have not made an official comment on the matter but senior officials at the club are understood to be dismayed no arrests have been forthcoming.

Liverpool condemned the behaviour of the supporters at the time and the club were fined were fined £17,500 by Uefa following the disturbance.

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