Liverpool say they have enough evidence that Manchester City have slapped a member of the support staff and that it could be handed over to police.
Claims overshadowed a thrilling 2-2 draw, survived Sky Sports On Sunday, City made an official complaint to Liverpool, saying the incident happened just after the side’s first equalizer.
Although Liverpool are still unsure if they have identified the alleged perpetrator, they are working with city staff to gather more statements and unconfirmed video footage, after analyzing the footage available to them and several statements from supporters in that area of the field.
“We are conducting a full investigation, working with all relevant parties, including Manchester City, who are collecting evidence from eyewitnesses to the incident as well as analyzing all available video footage,” a statement said on Monday.
“The evidence gathered so far is sufficient and if requested, it will be handed over to the Merseyside Police considering the possibility of a criminal charge. The case will also be subject to the club’s official sanctions process.”
“Anfield is our home and we will ensure that it is a safe, enjoyable environment for all present and will not allow unacceptable isolated behavior to affect our club’s values and policies.”
Deliberately spitting on another person can lead to criminal charges and Liverpool can ban the person – if proven – for anything up to life.
City boss Pep Guardiola said full-time that he hoped the hosts would take action if the claim was proven, but insisted that such behavior was “some people – not just LFCs” after mentioning their team bus breaking into the stadium in 2018.
He said Sky Sports: “I don’t know what happened. I heard something from the crowd – the staff didn’t like it. But I don’t know exactly. I haven’t seen the pictures.
“I’m sure if this happens, what people told me, I’m sure Liverpool will take action against this person. Liverpool is much bigger than this behavior.
“My appreciation for this club will not change anything. It was the same story two, three years ago when we came here and they destroyed our bus – it’s certain people, not just Liverpool FC.
“It’s always a pleasure to come to this stadium. It’s an honor for this environment, how they support the team. That’s why it’s Enfield.”