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Liverpool, Man United issues joint statement to fans

The new Premier League logo on the Arsenal shirt during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool played at The Emirates Stadium, London on 14th August 2016 / Football - Premier League 2016/17 Arsenal v Liverpool Emirates Stadium, Hornsey Rd, London, United Kingdom 14 August 2016 (Photo by BPI/Imago/Icon Sportswire)

Liverpool and Manchester United have issued a joint statement to fans urging them to behave on Monday when the teams meet up at Anfield.

The clashes between the Reds and the Red Devils are always heated affairs, as it’s one of the biggest rivalries in football, and the two sets of fans have had tendencies in the past to sing songs mocking tragedies of the other team. United fans have done chants about the Hillsborough tragedy while Liverpool supporters have brought up the Munich Air Disaster. The clubs issued a joint statement ahead of the fixture, urging fans to be respectful.

“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,” the statement read.

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

“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.”

The game on Monday will be the 198th meeting between the clubs. United have the edge historically, having won 80 times compared to Liverpool’s 65 wins.

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