Liverpool and Manchester United have issued a joint statement warning fans of the consequences of violent or offensive behaviour in Monday’s Premier League clash.
It’s safe to say that the environment at games between Liverpool and Manchester United is volatile and capable of reaching boiling point very quickly. This atmosphere, which can be quite nasty at times, is a result of the intense rivalry between the two clubs.
Last season, both clubs were fined by UEFA in excess of €40,000 for illicit chanting, crowd disturbances and throwing of objects. According to the Liverpool Echo, Manchester United was also ordered to pay for damages caused by their supporters.
Liverpool was also fined €16,000 for using pyro and use of fireworks inside St. Jakob-Park during the club’s 3-1 loss in the Europa League final.
According to the Express, Liverpool and Manchester United have called for a peaceful game when the sides meet on Monday.
In a joint statement, the clubs said, “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.
“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.”
“This is an unrivalled fixture in the Premier League calendar and we thank all fans for their continued support in this important area of the game.”
Liverpool hosts Manchester United on Monday night in a game that could either be a continuation of the Reds’ superb form and condemn United to their third loss of the season or allow the Red Devils a chance to gain some momentum heading towards the festive period.
Both sets of supporters will be pivotal in setting the atmosphere and with both clubs calling for peace, let’s hope it’s a clean and enjoyable game!
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