MANCHESTER, England ( Associated Press) — Police are investigating crowd disturbance that injured a teenager at Etihad Stadium during Manchester City’s 3-2 English League Cup win over Liverpool.
A 15-year-old girl required medical attention for a head injury, a fan was arrested for disorderly conduct with blatant racism and some disabled fans faced racist verbal attacks during Thursday night’s game.
Manchester Metropolitan Police said on Friday that two men were arrested on suspicion of trying to bring firecrackers onto the pitch and a 53-year-old man was hospitalized after being attacked outside the stadium after the match.
Police are reviewing CCTV camera footage, said Superintendent Gareth Parkin.
“We are aware of various objects thrown during the match, including coins and smoke bombs,” Parkin said.
The minor was given medical treatment at the stadium.
“Clearly, throwing objects in a confined area can be dangerous and can have serious and sometimes catastrophic consequences,” Parkin said. “The Metropolitan Police sends its full support and wishes the injured minor a speedy recovery.”
The riots occurred despite efforts by both clubs to reform fans’ behavior at matches between them.
Both teams published a joint statement in which they considered it “extremely disappointing that a number of incidents occurred during last night’s game that were completely unacceptable.”
Both clubs insisted that they work with the police to find those responsible for the incidents.
“Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC are fully committed to working together to root out these issues at our matches. He has no place in football,” he reiterated.