Exclusive: Liverpool punishment revealed after UEFA brawl
Liverpool and Porto have escaped further punishment from European Football’s governing body after their UEFA Youth League match ended in a mass brawl.
Prior to the Round of 16, the young Reds were in Group A with Ajax, Rangers and Napoli. The Merseysiders topped the group and progressed to the round of 16 where they faced Group B runners up, Porto.
In the round of 16, the Liverpool U-19’s came out on top in a penalty shootout after the match ended 1-1. The Young Reds progressed to the quarterfinals of the competition after Umare Cande missed a sudden-death penalty for Porto.
This means that the Reds would face the Portuguese club, Sporting Lisbon in the quarterfinals, on Tuesday.
The scenes of celebration quickly turned ugly when a scuffle unfolded between the hosts and the visitors. It quickly descended into a physical one between the two sets of players.
Porto players, Cande and Goncalo Ribeiro, were sent off while Lewis Koumas was sent off for the Merseysiders.
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Both sides had feared further punishment from UEFA, but a report from Football Insider claims that it would appear that there will be no additional action taken over the incident.
However, Koumas will serve a one-match ban, which would rule him out of the quarterfinal against Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday.
UEFA could still fine the Reds over improper conduct as they collected 5 yellow cards in the game. But clubs have previously been let off with warnings for similar indiscretions. Also, UEFA sources have suggested that is likely to be the case this time.
However, as Porto are out of the competition, the decisions on Cande and Ribeiro would be taken when the European football governing body’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meet later this month.