The recent Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United was marred by a series of unacceptable chants from both sets of fans. The chants, which included references to the Munich air disaster and the Hillsborough disaster, were strongly condemned by both managers, Erik ten Hag and Jurgen Klopp.
The two managers have now issued a joint plea to both sets of fans, urging them to show more respect and passion for the game, rather than resorting to such chants.
In a statement, the two managers said: “We are both deeply disappointed by the chants that were heard during the match. We understand the passion that both sets of fans have for their teams, but we must all remember that football is a game of passion, not poison.
“We urge both sets of fans to show respect for each other and for the game. We must all remember that football is a game that should be enjoyed by everyone, and that it should be a source of joy and entertainment, not hatred and division.
“We must all strive to ensure that football remains a game of passion, not poison. We must all work together to ensure that football remains a game that is enjoyed by everyone, regardless of their team allegiance.”
The two managers’ plea has been widely welcomed by both sets of fans, who have vowed to show more respect and passion for the game in the future.
It is hoped that this joint plea from two of the most respected managers in the Premier League will help to ensure that football remains a game of passion, not poison. Football should be a source of joy and entertainment, not hatred and division.