Vile fan chants see Liverpool and Manchester United fined

SoccerBy Sunday World
The scene at Anfield during the first leg of the tie
The scene at Anfield during the first leg of the tie

Liverpool and Manchester United have been fined €40,000 each - half of which has been suspended - for illicit chanting by their fans during March's two-legged Europa League clash.

The Reds were fined a further €17,000 for the offences of setting off of fireworks, throwing of objects, crowd disturbances and a late kick-off and ordered to contact United within 30 days for the settlement of the damages caused by their supporters at Old Trafford.

United were also fined €18,000 euros for the offences of blocking stairways, crowd disturbances and the throwing of objects.

The scenes at Old Trafford during the second leg

UEFA's control, ethics and disciplinary body announced 50 per cent of both clubs' fines for illicit chanting were suspended for a probationary period of two years.

Liverpool still have disciplinary charges outstanding in relation to setting off fireworks in their quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund and more fireworks offences and crowd disturbances relating to last week's Europa League final against Sevilla.

Following the second leg in Old Trafford, which saw Liverpool qualify on an aggregate scoreline of 3-1 after a 1-1 second-leg draw, five fans were arrested following a violent episode in the stands.

Before the game, Reds fans travelling to Manchester were greeted with a shocking banner which referenced the Hillsborough disaster.