Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Jürgen Klopp, coach of Liverpool, and Eric ten Hag, coach of Manchester United, called on the fans to stop the “tragic chants”, before the two teams faced off on the grounds of “Anfield” stadium, on Sunday evening, in the league competition. English Premier League (Premier League).
The “Reds” and “Red Devils” issued a joint statement on the official website, calling for an end to the chants and abuses on the Internet related to the “tragic” events of the Alfriven, in which dozens of people were killed, including the Heysel and Hillsborough disaster, and the Munich accident when the Manchester United plane crashed.
“One of the main reasons the rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United is so special is that it is so intense and nobody should want to change that,” said the Liverpool manager.
“But at the same time, when the competition becomes very intense, it can go to places that are not good for anyone, and we don’t need that,” Klopp added.
And the German coach added: “We want noise, we want the occasion to be partisan and we want the atmosphere to be enthusiastic. What we do not want is anything beyond that and this applies especially to the type of chants that have no place in football.”
For his part, the “Red Devils” coach said: “The rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool is one of the greatest rivalries in world football. We all love the passion of the fans when our teams meet, but there are lines that should not be crossed.”
He continued, “It is unacceptable to use the loss of life, in relation to any tragedy, and it is time for it to stop. These officials not only tarnish the reputation of our clubs, but also tarnish the reputation of themselves, the fans and our great cities.”
The confrontation between Liverpool and Manchester United is known as the most prominent competitive confrontation in the English Premier League, in history.