Liverpool charged by Uefa for fan violence during Europa League final defeat to Sevilla
Liverpool have been charged over the violence that marred their Europa League final defeat to Sevilla – taking the total number of cases opened against them by Uefa this year to nine.
European football’s governing body launched disciplinary action against both the Reds and their opponents for “crowd disturbances” following the fighting which broke out in the stands at St Jakob-Park in Basel shortly before kick-off on Wednesday night.
Inadequate segregation was blamed for the trouble at a stadium in which Liverpool fans vastly outnumbered their Sevilla counterparts and police intervention was ultimately required to restore order.
The Spanish club, who won the match 3-1 to complete an unprecedented hat-trick of Europa League triumphs, were also charged over the throwing of objects while action was taken yet again against Liverpool for the setting off of fireworks.
The cases were opened 24 hours after Uefa’s control, ethics and disciplinary body met to consider seven outstanding charges against the Reds leveled during their run to the final.
Following their last-16 win over Manchester United, they were charged with illicit chanting, setting off fireworks, throwing of objects, crowd disturbances, and a late kick-off.
The club warned supporters about their actions ahead of their quarter-final with Borussia Dortmund but the setting off of flares in both legs led to two further charges.
Flares were also used by fans during the semi-final win over Villarreal, although no action was taken.
Verdicts on the seven outstanding charges are expected next week, with Liverpool at risk of a heavy fine.
They may feel more aggrieved at the latest action, which occurred at a venue many warned was unfit to host a major final.
The stadium had a capacity of only around 35,000 for a fixture that would have comfortably filled a ground twice that size.
Uefa’s acting general secretary Theodore Theodoridis said this week: “Judging by the outcome, of course we would have all been far happier if the stadium had been bigger.
“But if you look at the past, this [one of the finalists boasting a travelling fanbase the size of Liverpool’s] was not the case in any recent finals. It’s very hard to speculate which clubs will participate.
“It’s a one-off but of course there will be a review and the appropriate decisions made for the future.”