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Unity before Liverpool-Manchester United soccer match

posted 23 Sep 2012, 06:55 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 23 Sep 2012, 06:56 ]


Players and fans show respect before Liverpool's first home game since an independent report into the Hillsborough tragedy, with no offensive chanting or refusals to shake hands that have marred previous encounters.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 23, 2012) (REUTERS) - 
Liverpool and Manchester United soccer players and fans showed welcome signs of unity before their Premier League match on Sunday (September 23) with no offensive chanting or refusals to shake hands that have marred previous encounters.
It was Liverpool's first home game since an independent report on the Hillsborough tragedy cleared their club's fans of any wrongdoing at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final crush in which 96 of them died.


The build-up to Sunday's game was dominated by calls for the visiting fans not to repeat disrespectful chants and also for Liverpool's Luis Suarez to shake hands with United's Patrice Evra to show the enmity between them is over.


At Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in 1989, played in Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium, a crush left 96 Reds' supporters dead. Police initially laid some of the blame on the fans, but have since themselves been blamed by the independent report, along with other emergency services.


Uruguayan Suarez was banned for eight matches last season for comments to Evra in a league match in October and refused to shake the Frenchman's hand when the sides met again in February.


Players of both teams wore the number 96 on their tracksuit tops in tribute to those who died.


There is usually little harmony between Liverpool and United fans. An anti-Liverpool chant of 'It's never your fault, always the victims' was heard from some quarters at Old Trafford last weekend in United's 4-0 victory over Wigan Athletic.


Liverpool fans have been known to mock the 1958 Munich air crash that killed eight United players.

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