The Spirit of Shankly Liverpool supporters group have issued a plea ahead of the game against Man Utd on Monday night at Anfield.
Both sets of fans are being urged to finally eradicate the vile and offensive chanting that’s plagued the match for the last few years.
Topics such as Hillsborough, the Munich air disaster, and Heysel are brought up and used as verbal weaponry in the battle on the terraces.
In our last 16 Europa League tie last season tempers boiled over. Fights were seen inside the ground, chairs were used as missiles, and smoke bombs and flares were launched at each other.
Graham Smith, who is one of the head honchos Spirit of Shankly the LFC Supporters’ Committee, has urged fans to be respectful of each other:
“There’s no doubt the overall atmosphere at the fixture has improved over the years,” says Smith. (Echo)
“You can go back 20 or 30 years when it was pretty vile. A lot of that has died down, although there are still some problems.
“It’s not unusual for people to shout others down. Social media has helped, and so have websites where people express their disgust at poor behaviour. There’s now a peer pressure within the ground.
“It’s not so much a matter of showing Liverpool fans in the right light, it’s about common decency. Hopefully the message has got through to supporters.”
Both clubs have also issued a joint statement, and the two managers appealed for calm in their respective news conferences.
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