United hit out at OT chants
Manchester United say they “deplore” the anti-Liverpool chanting
which occurred briefly at Old Trafford during the 4-0 win over
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had expressed the hope that a
line could be drawn in the sand on the sour relations between the
two sets of supporters following this week’s damning report on the
handling of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, in which 96 people
The report laid bare a shocking cover-up which attempted to
shift the blame for the tragedy on to its victims. It revealed
South Yorkshire Police had instructed officers to change or amend
their statements relating to the events of April 15, 1989, when the
FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest was
abandoned as the tragedy unfolded.
United’s biggest win of the season on Saturday afternoon was
scarred by a short burst of anti-Liverpool chanting from a small
minority of home fans.
One clearly audible chant was “Always the victims, never your
Ferguson’s stance is shared by all senior figures at Old
Trafford, who will hope today’s songs are not repeated when United
head to Anfield on Sunday week.
A United spokesperson said the club “deplore” such songs.
In a statement, United said: “The manager has made the club’s
position very clear on this matter.
“It is now up to the fans to respect that.”
The Manchester United Supporters Trust have backed Ferguson’s
call for an end to chants mocking the Munich air crash and
MUST chief executive Duncan Drasdo said: “Following this week’s
developments and release of revelatory information on the
Hillsborough tragedy, MUST wishes to make it absolutely clear that
just as we condemn chants mocking the Munich air disaster we also
condemn any chants relating to Hillsborough or indeed any other
“We did hear the usual anti-Liverpool chants at the match today
but we’re pleased to say, despite some reports to the contrary,
there was nothing that was specifically referencing
“Any attempt to suggest otherwise is irresponsible given the
forthcoming fixture between the clubs and furthermore risks
needlessly upsetting the bereaved families further at a time when
they are understandably trying to find closure.
“We enjoy a fierce rivalry but these issues transcend that
“We agree 100% with the statement made by Sir Alex Ferguson –
this is the time for supporters of these two great clubs to
represent their clubs with the integrity and honour that our
glorious history demands.”