We know tensions can run high in Liverpool vs Manchester United games, but that is no excuse for the behaviour of the travelling United fans in our Europa League clash last night.
Our rivals brought 2,700 fans to Anfield, and a sizable portion of them embarrassed themselves by chanting about the Hillsborough and Heysel disasters on multiple occasions (via Goal). They seemed to have no regard for the fact several of the Liverpool fans in attendance probably lost loved ones on those fateful days.
Now, Man Utd have issued a statement condemning those supporters:
“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.” (via BBC).
Former players and pundits have also been quick to admonish those involved.
Liverpool legend Ray Houghton said it was “uncalled for”, adding “It should have been a night of celebration – they haven’t played each other in a European tie before. The fans should have been getting behind their own team. When you stoop as low as they did last night, for me, it’s dreadful”.
Ex-United striker Dion Dublin said the songs were “disgusting” and that “it leaves a bad taste in your mouth”.