The FA is set to investigate incidents which took place during Monday night’s Under-21 match between Liverpool and Manchester United.
A fan ran onto the pitch during the game at St Helens’ Langtree Park stadium and there were also two flares set off in the stands, one of which was thrown onto the pitch. It is understood that none of the fans involved had Liverpool tickets but the Football Association have confirmed they will be writing to both clubs about the incidents.
It was also reported that visiting fans were singing offensive chants. Merseyside Police said they had not received any complaints regarding the fixture.
The game itself ended in a 1-0 defeat for the Reds following a late winner from Michele Fornasier. Liverpool had done well until the centre back’s 94th minute strike to hang on following the earlier dismissal of Stephen Sama early in the second half.
The two sets of fans have a well-documented rivalry at senior level, but with a lot of fans unable to buy tickets before it’s too late the youth clashes between the sides have become more popular in recent years. The rivalry seems to have carried over, and this is not the first time a youth match between the two clubs has been affected
Six United fans were ejected from Anfield in 2011 during an FA Youth Cup game between the sides, following another incident involving a flare, and chants from the visiting fans about Hillsborough and Heysel.