Sunday 22 April 2018

Klopp set for Dortmund reunion as Liverpool fume over UEFA charge

Jurgen Klopp: Nightmare draw Photo: Reuters / Andrew Yates
Jurgen Klopp: Nightmare draw Photo: Reuters / Andrew Yates

Ben Rumsby

Jurgen Klopp's Europa League nightmare came true yesterday when his Liverpool side were drawn to meet his former club Borussia Dortmund in next month's quarter-finals.

After Liverpool knocked out Manchester United on Thursday night, Klopp had said: "I hope we don't get Dortmund."

The charismatic German spent seven seasons at the club, leading them to two Bundesliga titles, German Cup glory and the 2013 Champions League final, which they lost to Bayern Munich."He comes back!" tweeted Dortmund playmaker Ilkay Gundogan after the draw in Nyon.

Meanwhile, Uefa provoked outrage by charging Liverpool and not Manchester United over the sickening chants which - along with outbreaks of violence - marred their clash.

Police were continuing to investigate the ugly scenes which overshadowed Thursday night's last-16 second leg, in which five supporters were arrested, while Liverpool were looking into a message posted on the Twitter account of one of their youth-team players mocking the Munich air disaster.

It was chants at Old Trafford about the 1958 tragedy that led to one of the Uefa charges against Liverpool, who were also facing punishment for the setting-off of fireworks, crowd disturbances and the throwing of objects.

United, who were charged with the latter two offences, escaped action over clearly-audible taunts of "murderers" in reference to the Hillsborough disaster, as they had after the first leg at Anfield a week earlier. Social media erupted, with the injustice branded a "disgrace" and a "spit in the face", with Uefa accused of "double standards".

The governing body relies on reports from match delegates to take disciplinary action and the person on duty only reported the "Munich" chants.

Also mocking the tragedy was a message on the Twitter account of Jordan Williams, a 20-year-old Liverpool academy graduate.

The posting, responding to a video of travelling 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. It was quickly deleted and Williams later apologised, claiming his account had been compromised.

Visiting supporters arriving for the last-16 second leg tie on Thursday were greeted with a banner with the word "murderers" and the date of the Hillsborough disaster - in which 96 Liverpool fans died - tied to a bridge over the M602 in Salford. Police were investigating the public order offence, as well as several other incidents.

Fights broke out when a group of visiting fans sitting in a section of the East Stand occupied by United supporters began celebrating and unfurled a Liverpool flag. A number of home fans then threw punches at their rivals at the bottom of the second tier. Two Liverpool fans were later arrested on suspicion of affray. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Champions League last 8 draw
(Ties on Tues, Apr 5 & Wed, Apr 13)
Barcelona v Atletico Madrid
Bayern Munich v Benfica
(Ties on Wed, Apr 6 & Tues, Apr 12)
Paris Saint-Germain v Man City
Wolfsburg v Real Madrid
Europa League last 8 draw
(Ties on Thurs, Apr 7 & Thurs, Apr 14)
Athletic Bilbao v Sevilla
Borussia Dortmund v Liverpool
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Villarreal v Sparta Prague

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