Manchester City have an image of the Liverpool supporter reportedly spitting on their bench during Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Anfield. It will be given to Liverpool to assist in the investigation of the incident.
While it is clear that the actual moment is not captured in the photo, the champions had a camera on their dugout throughout the match and have included the image in their account of the incident in a report for Liverpool.
It is believed there were a number of witnesses who can verify the allegation if the suspected fan denies guilt.
City have not filed a complaint with Merseyside Police, but it is clear that the club is keeping all options open. While spitting is considered reprehensible at any time, the fact that it would have taken place at a time when the pandemic means hygiene is vital has caused particular concern.
“I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard about it,” Pep Guardiola said. “People told me this had happened. I’m pretty sure Liverpool FC is going to take action against this person. I know Liverpool is bigger than these actions. In every club there are people who take bad action because of their emotions.”
If the fan is found guilty of the offence, Liverpool may decide that a suspension is the required penalty. In 2018, Doncaster banned a person from attending matches after an incident during their match at Bristol Rovers. A ball boy was reportedly spat in the butt by the fan.