Cape Town - As
Liverpool prepare to face Manchester United in the eagerly-awaited
first meeting of these two great rivals this season, both clubs have
issued a joint statement to their supporters.
The sides come face to face at Anfield on Monday evening (21:00 SA time) with the
Reds in fourth place with 16 points ahead of United in sixth place just
three points worse off.
And with a history of discriminatory behaviour from a section of
supporters, the two sides have appealed for this to become a thing of
The joint statement read: "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.
"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