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'Provocations are possible on the part of English fans': Spartak warn supporters traveling to Anfield

‘Do not enter into conflicts with local residents, football fans and law enforcement agencies of the country.’

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SPARTAK MOSCOW HAVE warned supporters travelling to Anfield for their final Champions League group game to ‘refrain from illegal actions’ and not react to prospective skulduggery on behalf of English football fans.

The Russians currently sit third in Group E and need to beat Liverpool to keep alive any chance that they might advance to the knockout stages, but the club is keen to avoid potential knockouts on the streets of England in the lead-up to Wednesday’s fixture.

A statement from ‘The People’s Team’ addressed to supporters read:

“Note that according to the rules of the host club at the stadium, it is not allowed to carry hand luggage of any size, therefore we recommend to refrain from attempts to bring bags, backpacks, briefcases to the stands. They must be left in the storage rooms and/or in hotels and places of your accommodation in England.

We draw your attention to the fact that provocations are possible on the part of English fans. Therefore, we ask you to be extremely attentive and accurate both in Liverpool and in other cities of Great Britain along the routes. Do not succumb to provocations and do not enter into conflicts with local residents, football fans and law enforcement agencies of the country.

“In addition, we recall the inadmissibility of using pyrotechnics in stadiums before, during and after the matches of the main and youth teams. We urge you to refrain from other illegal actions on the territory of Great Britain, including on sports arenas and on the routes of followers or fans.”

A draw for Liverpool on Wednesday night will be enough to see Jurgen Klopp’s men through to the last 16, while second-placed Sevilla visit Maribor knowing victory will guarantee their own passage to the latter stages.

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