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Liverpool must punish fans for setting flares and smoke bombs against Man City


The Football Association have confirmed they are in the process of investigating and working with Liverpool to identify the culprits who let off several red smoke bombs amid celebrations as Jurgen Klopp's side beat Manchester City in the Community Shield on Saturday.

Fans found guilty of setting flares and smoke bombs off during the Community Shield are set to face a 12 month ban from attending matches.

The news comes less than a week after the FA, Premier League and EFL issued a joint statement with a pledge to crack down hard on hooliganism in the new season.

One of the key elements was the use of fireworks and pyrotechnics which have become a regular and unwanted feature of games together with a pledge for bans and prosecution for fans who invade the pitch together with stronger action on hooliganism and drug use.

Liverpool, along with all the 20 Premier League clubs, signed up to the new pledge and the club did issue warnings to fans about behaviour ahead of the Community Shield, including specifically smoke bombs and pyros. The FA cannot take action against fans - they were able to take action against Richarlison as a player after the former Everton striker picked up a smoke bomb - and it is down to Liverpool and the police.

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