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Liverpool v Manchester United: Clubs issue joint statement warning against offensive behaviour ahead of Monday night clash

By Harry Clarke

Liverpool and Manchester United have issued a joint statement warning fans of both teams that they will be thrown out of the ground if they engage in offensive and discriminatory behaviour when the sides meet on Monday night.

The volatile fixture has a history of vile chanting with the Hillsborough tragedy and Munich air disaster often used to provoke the flames between the bitter rivals.

And last season, both clubs were fined following fighting in the stands and vile chanting at both legs of their Europa League semi-final.

In a joint statement, the clubs said: “Both clubs, their supporters and football fans around the world are looking forward to this historic and passionate match between two of the sport’s biggest and oldest rivals.

“There is great rivalry between our fans and we ask all supporters to be respectful and help eradicate all forms of offensive and discriminatory behaviour from the game.

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“If any supporters are found to be engaged in any form of offensive or discriminatory behaviour by stewards or via CCTV then they will be immediately removed from the stadium, risk arrest, prosecution and be reported in accordance with the club’s ground regulations.

"This is an unrivalled fixture in the Premier League calendar and we thank all fans for their continued support in this important area of the game.”

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