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Liverpool condemn “vile” Hillsborough chants from Manchester City fans

Liverpool condemn “vile” Hillsborough chants from Manchester City fans

Liverpool have released a statement expressing their disappointment to hear “vile chants” from the Manchester City away end in the Reds’ 1-0 Premier League win at Anfield on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side came out on top in a pulsating contest on Merseyside, with Mohamed Salah scoring the decisive goal in the 76th minute to end City’s 22-game unbeaten away run in the top flight.

However, the game was marred with a number of off-field incidents, with City fans accused to have chanted about the Hillsborough and Heysel tragedies as well as vandalising sections of the away end with graffiti.

A statement from Liverpool released on their official website read: “We are deeply disappointed to hear vile chants relating to football stadium tragedies from the away section during today’s game at Anfield. The concourse in the away section was also vandalised with graffiti of a similar nature.

“We know the impact such behaviour has on the families, survivors and all those associated with such disasters.

Liverpool FC has released a statement following today’s match against Manchester City at Anfield.

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 16, 2022

“We are working with the relevant authorities and we will also work with Manchester City in order to do our utmost to ensure these chants are eradicated from football altogether.”

Man City are yet to respond to this matter and it remains to be seen whether the Premier League or FA will intervene to investigate the incident.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have released a separate statement condemning the “unacceptable behaviour” from the Anfield crowd after coins were alleged to have been thrown at City manager Pep Guardiola during the second half.

The Citizens boss was left furious with the decision to disallow a goal scored by Phil Foden 10 minutes into the second half, after referee Anthony Taylor deemed Erling Braut Haaland to have fouled Fabinho in the build-up following a review at the VAR pitchside monitor.

Guardiola told reporters after the game that coins were thrown in his direction and Liverpool will now investigate the incident, with ‘lifetime bans’ to be handed out to those found guilty.

Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara in action with Manchester City's Bernardo Silva on October 13, 2022© Reuters

A statement from Liverpool said: “We are aware of an incident involving objects being thrown into the technical area at today’s game.

“This is totally unacceptable behaviour and not the standards of behaviour we expect at Anfield. This incident will be fully investigated using CCTV and those found guilty will be punished, including a lifetime ban from Anfield Stadium and a possible football banning order.”

Jurgen Klopp, who was sent off for his reaction towards the officials in the final five minutes of the contest, was unaware of the alleged coin-throwing incident but has issued an apology to Guardiola.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Klopp said: “It’s horrible. I’m sorry. I apologise for that. I had no idea about it. That never should happen. I didn’t see them thrown, no, of course not. I saw Pep [reacting].”

Liverpool have now climbed up to eighth in the Premier League table following their slender win over second-placed City, who have slipped four points behind leaders Arsenal after they beat Leeds United 1-0 at Elland Road.

The Reds will welcome West Ham United to Anfield in their next Premier League match on Wednesday, while the Citizens will play host to Brighton & Hove Albion at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

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