Uefa charge Marseille over Gerrard missile

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Marseille have been charged by Uefa after an object was thrown in the direction of Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard during Wednesday's Champions League game at Anfield.

Gerrard appeared to be hit by a missile thrown from the Marseille fans' section as he went to take a corner in the first half of Liverpool's 1-0 victory.

Uefa confirmed yesterday the incident was to be included in Portuguese referee Olegario Benquerenca's report as well as the report from Uefa delegate Svein Johannessen.

European football's governing body today confirmed to PA Sport that Marseille will answer the charge at a meeting of Uefa's control and disciplinary panel on December 11.

Uefa also confirmed that the French club have been fined 15,000 euros following a near identical incident at the Stade Velodrome in September.

Liverpool were also the opponents in a Champions League game on that occasion.

Meanwhile Roma are facing charges from Uefa following crowd trouble at their Champions League match against Chelsea earlier this month.

A Uefa spokesman confirmed to PA Sport that Roma have been charged with "insufficient organisation" at the Stadio Olimpico after fireworks were set off at the match on 4 November.

There was also fighting between fans prior to kick-off. Roma won the game 3-1.

Uefa's control and disciplinary panel will hear the case on 11 December.

The Stadio Olimpico has been selected to host the Champions League final in May next year, but Uefa had already voiced concerns over crowd trouble and there is speculation Rome could be stripped of the marquee event.

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