By Keith Hackett

2nd Aug, 2022 | 7:45am

Ex-Fifa official: Liverpool set for police probe after confirmed news

The Liverpool fans who let off flares during their 3-1 win over Man City in the Community Shield on Saturday (30 July) should expect a visit from the police.

That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after an investigation was launched into the scenes at the King Power Stadium.

The FA confirmed after the game they had launched a probe into the behaviour of the fans and will take “appropriate action” against those involved.

It comes just days after the FA – along with the Premier League and EFL – launched new measures and stricter punishments to address fan behaviour.

“I welcome it,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“There are two things here. We saw in the Women’s Euros final at Wembley. Prior to that game, the FA made a very clear statement along with Uefa and you a saw large number of stewards and you had a very well behaved environment in the crowd. That’s where the aim needs to be.

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“This whole question of fans coming onto the field of play, security of fans in the stadium, safety of fans in the stadium are key issues for the FA and clubs. I welcome what they are doing.

“Those people who were letting off the flares at the Community Shield be aware because they could well have the police knocking on their door shortly.

“At this moment of time, they will, no doubt, be looking very carefully through the film that the police gathered. There are more cameras facing the crowd and monitoring the crowd than monitoring the match.

“This is a warning to fans. If you go to a stadium with a flare or go onto the pitch, if you want to be a football supporter it’s going to be stopped fairly quickly.”

In other news, Roberto Firmino has been backed to engineer his Liverpool exit after a major update.