Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola said that he “doesn’t understand” the attack on the City team bus by Liverpool fans after their Champions League quarter-final first-leg match.
After the match ended in a 3-0 away defeat for City, Guardiola said that preventative action should have been taken as police ‘knew it was going to happen”.
Liverpool apologised and called the behaviour “completely unacceptable”; although no Blues players or staff were injured two police officers were hurt and the coach was left unsafe to be driven.
Liverpool said in their statement: “We apologise unreservedly to Pep Guardiola, his players, staff and officials. The priority now is to establish the facts and offer Manchester City whatever support is necessary.”
Before the game, Liverpool disseminated information regarding the routes of the team buses and asked their supporters “to gather to show their passion and support for the team… in a friendly, respectful and considerate manner”, but by the time the City team bus went past the stadium, a large crowd had gathered outside and cans, bottles and flares were thrown.
Guardiola said he “did not expect” for such an incident to happen and referenced the attack on the Borussia Dortmund’s team bus last April, which left defender Marc Bartra injured.
“Normally when the police know it is going to happen, they tried to avoid it from happening,” said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach. “One year ago something happened in Dortmund. We come here to play football and I don’t understand this kind of situation.”
“The bus is destroyed but I did not expect a prestigious club like Liverpool doing this kind of thing. It is not Liverpool, it is the people, maybe one, two or three, but hopefully it does not happen again.”
Champions League organizers and governing body UEFA are waiting to receive reports before deciding whether to open a disciplinary case.