Liverpool and United issue joint fans warning
Liverpool and Manchester United have issued a joint statement warning fans of the consequences of anti-social behaviour during Monday's Premier League fixture.
It will be a rare evening kick-off between the sides in a domestic game - the pair met in last season's Europa League round of 16, after which Uefa charged both clubs over 'illicit chanting' and other crowd disturbances.
Anxious to avoid any repeat, the clubs are standing together. Concerted efforts have been made in recent years to ensure the rival fans respect each other, with a particular contempt expressed for chants about the Hillsborough and Munich tragedies.
In a joint statement, the clubs said: "There is great rivalry between our fans and we ask all supporters to be respectful and help eradicate all forms of offensive and discriminatory behaviour from the game.
"If any supporters are found to be engaged in any form of offensive or discriminatory behaviour by stewards or via CCTV then they will be immediately removed from the stadium, risk arrest, prosecution and be reported in accordance with the club's ground regulations."
A spokesman from Kick it Out said both clubs "should be commended for this proactive approach" (© Daily Telegraph, London)