BBC journalist reports on fan violence at Manchester United vs. Liverpool

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BBC reporter Ian Dennis has revealed that Liverpool fans tore seats out of Old Trafford and threw them at Manchester United fans during the Europa League clash between the two rivals on Thursday evening.

The Reds carried a 2-0 advantage into the second leg in Manchester following goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firminio at Anfield a week ago, but started poorly at the home of their neighbours.

Anthony Martial converted from the penalty spot after being fouled by Nathaniel Clyne and, buoyed on by the home supporters, it appeared as though United might be about to stage an unlikely second-leg comeback.

However, Philippe Coutinho scored with a sensational effort just before half time, chipping over David De Gea from close range, to leave United needing three second-half goals to take them through.

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The atmosphere, naturally, was furious, although BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter Dennis has confirmed that Reds fans overstepped the mark.

According to the experienced broadcaster [quotes below, as relayed on BBC Sport], visiting fans tore seats out of the away section at Old Trafford and threw them at United fans, before warning that Uefa will look to take action.

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