Liverpool and Man United release joint statement to warn fans ahead of crunch clash

SoccerBy Sunday World
A flare goes off in the away end of Old Trafford during the Man Utd-Liverpool Europa League second leg
A flare goes off in the away end of Old Trafford during the Man Utd-Liverpool Europa League second leg

Tensions are likely to be high in Anfield on Monday when Liverpool take on Manchester United in a heavyweight Premier League clash.

In an interesting move, the clubs have come together to call on fans to avoid offensive or discriminatory behaviour around the game.

"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," a statement on read.

"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."

A Kick It Out spokesperson added: "Both Liverpool and Manchester United should be commended for this proactive approach ahead of this important fixture.

"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."

The two sides met in the Europa League round of 16 last season, with unsavoury chants sung by a minority of United fans in Anfield while supporters from both sides were involved in an Old Trafford bust-up ahead of the tie's second leg and further clashes occurred in United's stadium during the game.