Erik ten Hag and Jurgen Klopp: Fans must stop chanting about tragedies
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The biggest derby in England awaits us tomorrow; Liverpool-Manchester United. The tension is already felt before the match itself. The fans expect victory from their teams, they will be their main support and hope for the best.
Erik ten Hag and Jurgen Klopp called the fans to stop chanting about the tragedies of both clubs. “One of the main reasons why the rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United is so special is that it is so intense and no-one should ever want to change this,” said Klopp, as quoted by eurosport.com “But at the same time, when the rivalry becomes too intense it can go to places that are not good for anyone and we do not need this.
We do want the noise; we do want the occasion to be partisan and we do want the atmosphere to be electric. What we do not want is anything that goes beyond this and this applies especially to the kind of chants that have no place in football.
If we can keep the passion and lose the poison, it will be so much better for everyone”.
Erik ten Hag talks about chanting
Erik ten Hag believes that chatting related to the tragedy is not right at all. Such tragedies should not be the subject of chanting.
“The rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool is one of the greatest in world football. We all love the passion of the fans when our teams meet, but there are lines that should not be crossed,” said Ten Hag.
"It is unacceptable to use the loss of life - in relation to any tragedy - to score points, and it is time for it to stop. Those responsible tarnish not only the reputation of our clubs but also, importantly, the reputation of themselves, the fans and our great cities." The Dutchman wants United fans to support the club in a fair and correct way.
We hope that they will do it. “On behalf of myself, our players, and our staff, we ask our fans to focus on supporting the team on Sunday, and representing our club in the right way”.