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Premier League will remind fans to ‘act responsibly’ during festive fixtures after a glass bottle was thrown towards Manchester United’s team bus prior to Sunday’s draw at Liverpool

The Premier League are to urge fans to behave themselves ahead of the festive fixtures – following a spate of incidents at recent matches.

On Sunday, the Manchester United team bus was hit by a bottle in the latest ‘welcome party’ held by Liverpool supporters for the arrival of their opponents.

Damage was caused to the vehicle with United joining City and Real Madrid among those targeted in recent times as they made their way to Anfield.

Merseyside Police are investigating, with Liverpool vowing that anyone caught will face club sanctions.

And Mail Sport understands that top flight officials will now remind fans to ‘act responsibly’ when attending matches over the Christmas and New Year period.

A bottle was thrown at the Man United team bus as it's made its way to Anfield on Sunday

A bottle was thrown at the Man United team bus as it’s made its way to Anfield on Sunday

A bottle of cider was thrown at the Man United team bus as it made its way to Anfield

A bottle of cider was thrown at the Man United team bus as it made its way to Anfield

Along with the FA and EFL they launched a series of measures at the start of the season aimed at improving conduct on and off the pitch.

However, aside from the bus attack, there have been instances of tragedy chanting at matches while before the East Anglia derby Norwich co-owner Delia Smith’s car was hit by objects as she approached Portman Road.

Some sections of Liverpool’s support have made a habit of noisily ‘greeting’ opposition coaches as they approach the stadium.

A video posted on social media showed the United bus making its way to Anfield through a crowd singing ‘Manchester is full of ****’. A glass bottle was then thrown against the moving vehicle. No windows were broken and no injuries were sustained, although Erik ten Hag’s squad noticed an audible thud as the object struck the bus.

In 2021 Merseyside Police launched an investigation after the coach carrying Real Madrid players to the ground was damaged ahead of a Champions League clash.

Real Madrid's bus window was damaged during the drive into Anfield in April 2021

Real Madrid’s bus window was damaged during the drive into Anfield in April 2021

Liverpool fans gathered outside the ground to greet the bus prior to their European second leg

Liverpool fans gathered outside the ground to greet the bus prior to their European second leg

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City said their bus was attacked last November outside Anfield while in 2018 Liverpool were fined after City’s bus was targeted before another European fixture.

A Liverpool spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of footage of the incident circulating online and are working with Merseyside Police, to fully investigate and identify those responsible.

‘Any individuals found guilty of this reprehensible behaviour will also face the full force of the club’s sanction process.’

Pep Guardiola claimed he was targeted by coins during the clash

City allege that an object was launched at their team bus as they left the game, with damage to the windscreen

Last season, Pep Guardiola claimed he was targeted by coins when Man City lost at Anfield, and City said their team bus was also attacked, with damage to the windscreen pictured (right)

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