Machester United and Liverpool FC release joint statement warning fans against offensive behaviour
Liverpool FC and Manchester United have released a joint statement on their respective official websites warning fans against offensive or discriminatory behaviour in their upcoming match on Monday.
The two clubs have warned fans “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.” (Liverpoolfc.com)
The supporters who engage in such activities will risk “arrest, prosecution and be reported in accordance with the club’s ground regulation.”
The statement also makes the claim that the fixture between the clubs is the biggest in the world, reporting that over 700 million viewers in over 200 countries will be watching the game.
Both clubs pronounced their mutual respect for the other stating, “both clubs, their supporters and football fans around the world are looking forward to this historic and passionate match between two of the sport’s biggest and oldest rivals.” (Manutd.com)
Kick it Out, who tackle discrimination and inequality in football, have welcomed the move by the clubs.
A spokesperson from the organisation said:
Liverpool and Manchester United should be commended for this proactive approach ahead of this important fixture.
The spokesperson went on to state, “we always encourage supporters to report any form of discrimination they may see or hear. Our reporting app, which is available to download from the App Store and Google Play, allows users the option to attach photos and videos.”
Liverpool vs Man Utd will be played at Anfield on Monday the 17th October at 8pm. Fans can get more information about the grounds regulations via LFC’s Fan Charter.