Four men arrested during Liverpool – Manchester United match

Four men were arrested during the match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday, Merseyside Police have confirmed.

Following the release of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s findings, both clubs paid tribute to the 96 victims of the tragedy 23 years ago on a poignant day in the north-west, which passed largely without incident.

However, a 22-year-old man from Manchester was arrested inside the stadium on suspicion of breach of the peace and later bound over.
In addition, a 31-year-old man from Knutsford, a 22-year-old man from Doncaster and a 19-year-old man from Manchester were also arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, theft and ticket touting and theft respectively. The latter two arrests were made outside the stadium and all three men were later released on bail pending further enquiries.

Following the match, there were reports of unsavoury behaviour and chanting between the two sets of supporters while the Manchester United fans were waiting to be allowed to leave the stadium.

Merseyside Police have subsequently confirmed that a man was ejected from the ground for making an offensive gesture in the direction of the away supporters after the final whistle.

The police also announced, however, that “no arrests were made for chanting and the game passed peacefully with the vast majority of the fans behaving impeccably throughout the game.”

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