Manchester United and Liverpool to launch programme to tackle tragedy chanting

Liverpool and Manchester United have announced that the club’s foundations have launched a joint programme to tackle tragedy chanting in football.

Tragedy-related abuse is an ongoing issue within the game — particularly with Liverpool and United supporters in recent weeks — with supporters referencing Hillsborough, the Heysel stadium crash and the Munich air disaster in an attempt to taunt opposition fans.

The two Premier League clubs, who meet again at Old Trafford on April 7 following their FA Cup encounter at the same venue earlier this month, will hold a programme alongside the Premier League, aiming to teach school children and young fans about the impact of tragedy chanting.

“This is a hugely important event which both clubs are committed to making happen every year,” said Matt Parish, CEO of LFC Foundation.

“Education is key, alongside appropriate action, to eradicating vile tragedy chanting in all its forms forever, and we’re delighted to be able do our bit to help.”

John Shiels, CEO of Manchester United Foundation, added: “It is unacceptable to use the loss of life, in relation to any tragedy, to score points, and it is time for it to stop.

“We are proud to come together with LFC Foundation as we believe education will break the generational cycle on this issue and help thousands of young people across this region understand the impact tragedy-related abuse has.”

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) made an arrest following reports of alleged “tragedy chanting” in the FA Cup quarter-final clash between the two sides earlier this month.

It was also confirmed that Arsenal had handed three supporters three-year football banning orders after they pleaded guilty to tragedy chanting during the third-round FA Cup tie against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium in January.



Why victim chants hurt Liverpool so deeply: ‘It makes tragedy seem acceptable’

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