Jurgen Klopp and Erik ten Hag make joint plea to Manchester United and Liverpool fans to avoid chants on tragedy: “Keep it that way”

Man United boss Erik ten Hag and his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp make plea to keep away tragedy chants

Jurgen Klopp and Erik ten Hag have issued a joint appeal to fans attending the highly anticipated clash between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford this evening, urging them to avoid tragedy-related chanting that has marred previous encounters between the two clubs.

The call for restraint comes in the wake of incidents during United’s recent FA Cup victory over Liverpool, where two supporters stood arrested on suspicion of tragedy chanting about Hillsborough. Both managers have emphasised the importance of showing respect and class, stressing that the match should be enjoyed in the proper spirit without resorting to abusive behaviour.

Klopp, speaking ahead of the game, emphasised the need for education and understanding, particularly among younger fans, regarding the impact of such chants. He called for a display of class from both sets of supporters, urging them to focus on supporting their teams and letting the football do the talking. [The Guardian]

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Man United boss Erik ten Hag have joined hands to eliminate tragedy chanting.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Man United boss Erik ten Hag have joined hands to eliminate tragedy chanting.

Let’s keep Tragedy Chanting out of our beautiful sport!

Similarly, Ten Hag echoed Klopp’s sentiments, adding that the rivalry between the two clubs should remain cherished for the right reasons. He emphasized the responsibility of all supporters to maintain the integrity of the fixture and to refrain from making inappropriate references to historic tragedies such as Hillsborough and Heysel.

The joint statement from Klopp and ETH underscores the importance of mutual respect and sportsmanship in football, especially in high-stakes matches between fierce rivals. Both managers are hopeful that fans will heed their appeal and ensure that the focus remains on the action on the pitch rather than off-field controversies.

As the two clubs continue their efforts to promote education and awareness on the issue, there is a collective hope that supporters will uphold the values of respect and decency, contributing to a positive and enjoyable atmosphere for all involved.

Man United boss Erik ten Hag and his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp make plea to keep away tragedy chants.
Man United boss Erik ten Hag and his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp make plea to keep away tragedy chants.

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As the countdown to kick-off continues, all eyes will be on Old Trafford this Sunday. But beyond the goals and the drama, let’s hope that Klopp and Ten Hag’s message resonates loud and clear: in football, as in life, respect always wins.