Following a “mass confrontation” late in Monday’s Merseyside derby, the Football Association (FA) has charged Liverpool and Everton.
Mohamed Salah and Cody Gakpo each scored once as Jurgen Klopp’s Reds defeated the opposition 2-0 at Anfield in the Premier League match.
The game, which is always tense, was mostly under control until the 86th minute, when a flashpoint occurred.
The Toffees appeared to view Andrew Robertson’s handling of the ball but continuing to play after the referee’s whistle and kicking the ball toward the Everton box as an obvious attempt to waste time.
Robertson was quickly attacked by Everton players when he laughed in Jordan Pickford’s face and was then grabbed by Conor Coady by the neck.
Following the incident, more players, including substitutes, got into physical altercations on the sidelines, but only Pickford and Robertson received bookings.
An FA statement that confirmed the start of the disciplinary process stated: “Liverpool and Everton have been charged following a mass confrontation during the 86th minute of their Premier League match on Monday, February 13.
“It’s alleged that both clubs failed to ensure their players and/or benches conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.
“Liverpool and Everton have until Monday, February 20 to provide responses to their charges.”