Man United, Liverpool charged by UEFA over Europa League trouble

Manchester United team (L-R back row) Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea, Manchester United's Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo, Manchester United's French striker Anthony Martial, Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini, Manchester United's English defender Chris Smalling and Manchester United's Dutch midfielder Daley Blind (L-R front row) Manchester United's Uruguayan defender Guillermo Varela, Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford, Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, Manchester United's English midfielder Michael Carrick and Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard line-up ahead of the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on March 17, 2016. The game ended 1-1, Liverpool going through 3-1 on aggregate. / AFP / OLI SCARFF

Manchester United team (L-R back row) Manchester United’s Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea, Manchester United’s Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo, Manchester United’s French striker Anthony Martial, Manchester United’s Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini, Manchester United’s English defender Chris Smalling and Manchester United’s Dutch midfielder Daley Blind (L-R front row) Manchester United’s Uruguayan defender Guillermo Varela, Manchester United’s English striker Marcus Rashford, Manchester United’s Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, Manchester United’s English midfielder Michael Carrick and Manchester United’s English midfielder Jesse Lingard line-up ahead of the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on March 17, 2016.<br />The game ended 1-1, Liverpool going through 3-1 on aggregate. / AFP / OLI SCARFF

Manchester United and Liverpool have both been charged by UEFA following crowd trouble at their Europa League clash at Old Trafford, the governing body announced on Friday.

Five men were arrested following the disturbances on Thursday night which saw rival fans fighting in the stands and flares and objects thrown.

Liverpool knocked Manchester United out of the second-tier European competition after their last 16 second leg ended 1-1. That gave Liverpool a 3-1 victory on aggregate and a place in Friday’s quarter-final draw.

The Old Trafford club have been charged, like the visitors, with crowd disturbances and throwing objects, in addition to blocked stairways under the European governing body’s safety and security regulations.

Liverpool have also been charged with illicit chanting, the setting off of flares and throwing objects.

United were not punished by UEFA despite some of their fans being heard singing offensive Hillsborough disaster chants during the first leg at Anfield.

The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on May 19.



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