Liverpool and Manchester United have released an official statement calling on fans to not sing any offensive chants on Monday at Anfield.
Last year fans were charged from both clubs after songs mocking The Munich Air Disaster and Hillsborough were sang both at Anfield and Old Trafford.
In an attempt to stop that from repeating again, this statement asks fans to respect the past of both clubs mutually and concentrate solely on the football game itself.
An official joint statement from Liverpool’s website read as follows: “Liverpool Football Club and Manchester United Football Club are calling on their fans to help eradicate any offensive or discriminatory behaviour ahead of their Premier League clash at Anfield on Monday, October 17.
“The clubs continue to work together and respect the great rivalry between them but will not condone any offensive or discriminatory behaviour in Anfield Stadium or Old Trafford.
“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.”
“According to the host broadcaster, Liverpool and Manchester United games are the biggest club fixtures in world football and will likely be seen by an estimated 700m people in over 200 countries.
“A spokesperson from Kick it Out, 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.”