Liverpool say they have substantial evidence relating to Manchester City’s claim that a supporter spat at a member of staff, and it could be passed on to police.
The claims overshadowed a thrilling 2-2 draw, live on Sky Sports on Sunday, as City made an official complaint to Liverpool, saying the incident occurred just after the away side’s first equaliser. Although Liverpool are yet to confirm they have identified the alleged perpetrator, they are working with City staff to gather more statements and the unredacted video footage, after analysing footage available to them and collecting a number of statements from supporters in that area of the ground.
“We are conducting a full investigation, working with all relevant parties including Manchester City, to gather evidence from individuals who witnessed the incident as well as analysing all available video footage,” a statement on Monday said.
“The evidence collected to date is substantial and, if requested to do so, will be handed to Merseyside Police given the potential for criminal charges. This case will also be subject to the club’s official sanctions process.
“Anfield is our home and we will ensure it is a safe, enjoyable environment for everyone attending and will not allow unacceptable isolated behaviour to impact on our club’s values and principles.”