Tuesday 12 December 2017

Man United condemn Hillsborough chanting at Anfield

A general view of the scoreboard at the final whistle during the UEFA Europa League, Round of Sixteen, First Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
A general view of the scoreboard at the final whistle during the UEFA Europa League, Round of Sixteen, First Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
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Manchester United have condemned the Hillsborough chanting which marred last night's Europa League encounter at Anfield.

Liverpool defeated their arch-rivals 2-0 in the Round-16 fixture and offensive songs from a section of the away supporters could be heard in relation to the Hillsborough disaster.

Ninety-six Liverpool fans died as a result of a crush at Hillsborough in an FA Cup semi-final between the Reds and Nottingham Forest in 1989.

United said the chants "have no place in the game".

"It has always been the position of Manchester United that chants of this nature, which refer to historical tragedies, do not reflect the values the club holds," a spokesman said.

"We are in discussion with our fans' groups to seek their support in preventing this type of behaviour in the future."

Merseyside police say they have received no formal complaints over the offensive chanting.

They say they will investigate any complaints that come their way in the future, however.

"We have received no complaints relating to chanting at last night’s match but are aware of media coverage," a spokesperson confirmed.

"Merseyside Police take all reports seriously and where offences are identified, we would investigate such complaints thoroughly."

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