Ex-Fifa official: Liverpool have been totally exposed after update on 'abhorrent' controversy
A “shortfall” in the security system at Anfield has been exposed after Liverpool failed to identify the fan who threw a coin at Pep Guardiola in their 1-0 win over Man City on 16 October.
That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the “abhorrent” incident that has gone unpunished.
The Athletic reported last week (1 December) that Liverpool had closed their investigation into the incident due to a lack of conclusive evidence.
The club had vowed to issue a lifetime ban for the guilty party but they were not able to find them despite studying CCTV footage and taking witness statements from stewards and fans.
“I think it’s a concern,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“When you look at safety in football stadiums, the protection of those in the technical area is very high in the priorities of the procedures and processes.
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“It is difficult to comprehend that cameras are not able to pick up the offender. I hope that they recognise the shortfall in their security systems and rectify it immediately.
“Coin throwing is abhorrent, it’s just totally unacceptable. It’s dangerous and could have hit anybody including their own player or manager knowing how Klopp wanders up and down.
“I think it’s a pretty poor show as far as Liverpool are concerned.”
The coin throwing was not the only off-field controversy during the game as Man City fans allegedly chanted and left graffiti about Hillsborough.
Man City also complained to Merseyside Police after their coach was damaged after it left the stadium.