Liverpool pitch invader arrested with club to issue life ban after nearly injuring Andrew Robertson
A pitch invader who collided with Liverpool players celebrating their seventh goal against Manchester United has been arrested.
As the players celebrated the final goal of their rivals’ 7-0 thrashing on Sunday, the fan ran onto the pitch and slipped, colliding with Andrew Robertson who fell clutching his ankle, although the Scotsman finished the game.
A 16-year-old boy from Winsford has been arrested on suspicion of encroaching on a football pitch. He is to voluntarily report to a police station in Merseyside regarding this incident.
Liverpool said the boy would be banned from Anfield for life.
“There is no excuse for this unacceptable and dangerous behaviour. The safety and security of players, colleagues and supporters is paramount,” the club said in a statement.
“The club will now follow their formal sanctions process and have suspended the alleged offender’s account until the process is complete.
“If found guilty of the offense of entering the pitch without permission, the offender could face a criminal record and a lifetime ban from Anfield and all Premier League stadiums. These acts are dangerous, illegal and have serious consequences.”
The fan was whisked away by stewards and also given an ear by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who was furious on the touchline as the linesman tried to calm the German manager down.
Merseyside Police are currently working with Liverpool Football Club in relation to the incident.
The result bolstered Liverpool’s top four hopes as the Anfield club moved into fifth place, three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with a game less. They next play relegation-threatened Bournemouth on Saturday.
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