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Manchester City warn supporters over behaviour as Liverpool allocation cut for Etihad showdown



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Both Liverpool and Manchester City have written to supporters warning them over their behaviour at this weekend’s Premier League showdown at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp’s sides go head to head once again on Saturday lunchtime, in a hotly-contested fixture that was forced into a rearranged television time-slot due to concerns over fan behaviour.

The two Premier League title rivals are now due to face off in Manchester with kick-off scheduled for 12.30pm on Saturday afternoon after police refused permission for the game to start at 5.30pm following concerns over trouble between supporters.

Now, a fresh report has detailed the additional measures put in place by both clubs to reduce possible trouble between fans this weekend, with messaging issued by both Manchester City and Liverpool to their ticket holders.

As per Mike Keegan of MailSport, officials from both Manchester City and Liverpool have now been in touch with their respective supporters who have tickets ahead of the match at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.

It is revealed that the Merseyside club have referenced missile throwing, while Manchester City have highlighted tragedy chanting, with both messages warning fans that action will be taken against those found to have misbehaved on Saturday afternoon.

The report highlights that Liverpool’s allocation was cut for last season’s match at the Etihad Stadium from 3,000 to 2,400 tickets, whilst also confirming that there has once again been a reduction, but to a lesser extent.

At a Carabao Cup clash between the two sides last season, a 15-year-old girl seated in the home section of Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium was left ‘scarred for life’, after being struck by a pot filled with coins hurled from Liverpool’s visitors’ section.

More than 50 reports of missiles being launched from the away end were made at that fixture in December 2022, while a Manchester City supporter was removed from the stadium and later arrested after being accused of abusing disabled Liverpool supporters.

Manchester City will also be aware of the issues they have faced when visiting Anfield, following the damage caused to their team coach ahead of a UEFA Champions League meeting in 2018, as well as missiles being thrown in the direction of Pep Guardiola at another fixture.