Two arrested for alleged tragedy chanting at Man United-Liverpool

Two Manchester United fans have been arrested following Sunday’s FA Cup quarterfinal against Liverpool at Old Trafford for alleged tragedy chanting relating to the Hillsborough disaster.

United won 4-3, scoring in the last minute of stoppage time in extra time to seal victory after a tense game.

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Last June, Premier League teams came together to agree new measures for tackling the rise in tragedy-related chanting at matches, with criminal prosecution of offenders a principal aim.

Chief Inspector James Collins, who was part of the police team responsible for the fixture, said: “I would like to thank the vast majority of supporters who came along to enjoy what turned out to be an intense game right to the very last minute.

“The arrests made were the result of us taking a proactive, zero-tolerance approach to ensure that genuine supporters and spectators were able to enjoy the match safely.

“GMP can confirm that a 21-year-old and a 59-year-old man were arrested in connection with tragedy chanting. Incidents of tragedy chanting will not be tolerated and will be dealt with robustly.”

The arrests follow a Football Association statement from Sunday condemning the tragedy chanting.

“We are aware of the reported tragedy chanting during [Sunday’s] FA Cup fixture between Manchester United and Liverpool, and we will be liaising with and supporting Greater Manchester Police,” the statement said.

“We strongly condemn any offensive, abusive and discriminatory chants in football stadiums, and we are determined to stamp this behaviour out.

“It is entirely unacceptable and can have a lasting and damaging impact on people and communities within our game. It must stop, and we support any club and their fans who try to eradicate this from the terraces.”