Liver­pool query Moscow trip

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By Chris Bas­combe

Liver­pool have writ­ten to Uefa seek­ing clar­i­fi­ca­tion on whether dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings against Spar­tak Moscow will have any im­pact on their Cham­pi­ons League match in Rus­sia.

Europe’s gov­ern­ing body has charged Spar­tak af­ter fans were ac­cused of set­ting off fire­works and throw­ing mis­siles in their open­ing Group E fix­ture against Mari­bor in Slove­nia on Wed­nes­day.

Uefa will de­ter­mine what ac­tion to take on Sept 21 – five days be­fore Liver­pool play in the Rus­sian cap­i­tal. One pos­si­ble sanc­tion is for the fix­ture to be held be­hind closed doors, which would have an im­pact on the Liver­pool sup­port­ers plan­ning to at­tend the game. The club has 1,145 tick­ets, which go on sale to­day.

Liver­pool have con­tacted Uefa to en­sure they are fully in­formed of de­vel­op­ments and are also seek­ing guar­an­tees of sup­port­ers’ safety. Uefa are of­fer­ing no guid­ance on any po­ten­tial ac­tion while dis­ci­plinary pro­ce­dures are open.

Spar­tak could es­cape with a rep­ri­mand, a warn­ing or a fine de­pend­ing on how se­ri­ously the in­ci­dent is viewed. Ref­eree Deniz Aytekin nar­rowly avoided in­jury when the mis­sile landed on the pitch.

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