The Daily Express has apologised for an article which alleged Liverpool fans should share the blame for the violence that occurred before the club's Champions League game with Roma.
The article, titled 'Liverpool must take serious action after Roma violence or risk further trouble' appeared on the Daily Express website on Thursday.
The paper has since removed it for being 'ill-informed and wrong'.
In an apology to Liverpool fans and the club, the Express wrote on its website:
"Yesterday a comment piece by a freelance journalist entitled 'Liverpool must take serious action after Roma violence or risk further trouble' was published on this website.
"This article was ill-informed and wrong. It did not, in any way, reflect the views of the Express. It should never have been written and was very quickly removed.
"The journalist who wrote the piece was immediately suspended.
"Express.co.uk is conducting an inquiry into how the article came to be published on our website."
The violence outside Anfield resulted in 53-year-old Irish man Sean Cox being attacked. It left the father-of-three in a critical condition.
Two Italian men were remanded in custody after appearing in court charged in connection with an incident that left Mr Cox fighting for his life.
Filippo Lombardi, 20, and Daniele Sciusco, 29, both appeared at South Sefton Magistrates' Court on Thursday, charged with violent disorder after the Champion's League semi-final at Anfield on Tuesday.
Lombardi was also charged with wounding/inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Cox.
No pleas were indicated and the case was sent to Liverpool Crown Court, where both men will appear on May 24.
In the article which was published by the Daily Express, Colin Mafham wrote that trouble seemed to follow Liverpool around.
As reported by The Guardian, the opinion piece on Express.co.uk read:
"You would have thought the deaths of 39 Italians at the European Cup final Liverpool lost to Juventus in 1985, plus the five-year ban on English clubs that consequently came after that, would have had a sobering effect.
"You would have thought the horrors at Hillsborough and 96 more deaths that followed only four years later would have made everyone more aware of their responsibilities to each other.
"Those two tragedies, in which the central figures were sadly mostly from Liverpool, are arguably football’s most painful Achilles and hopefully will never happen again.
"So why do I fear that the latest generation of that club’s supporters could well add another chapter to England’s footballing book of condolences?"
Liverpool's mayor, Joe Anderson since took to Twitter last night to say the editor of the Daily Express called him to apologise for the article.
Really passionate,sincere heartfelt apology just been made to me by the Editor @Daily_Express Gary Jones over the appalling slur on LFC fans and our City. The Journalist concerned has rightly been suspended and an investigation is being held.— Joe Anderson (@mayor_anderson) April 26, 2018
The Editor of .@Daily_Express Gary Jones personally called me to apologise because I had expressed my anger and outrage at the slur on fans City and the #96.
Additional reporting by PA