‘Bitter rivals’ Man U, Liverpool may issue joint plea urging fans to end offensive chants

London: Bitter rivals Manchester United and Liverpool are expected to issue a joint plea to their fans to put an end to the disgraceful and mocking chants they hurl at each other.

United will face Liverpool in first match in front of the Kop since the revelations about Hillsborough disaster cover-up, the Daily Mirror reports.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson had earlier said he hoped the report, which exonerated Liverpool fans of any blame in the tragedy which claimed the lives of 96 of their fans, would mark an end to the vile chants between the two sets of fans.

But a section of United fans ignored Ferguson’s appeal and taunted Liverpool fans with chants of “always the victims never your fault” during Saturday’s 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford.

Officials from United and Liverpool will talk this week to try to ensure both sets of fans do not allow Sunday’s Premier League clash to be marred by unpalatable chants from the stands, the paper said.

That could include a joint initiative on behalf of both clubs, pleading with those at Anfield on Sunday to respect the tragedies that have blighted English football’s biggest rivals, the paper added.

While some United fans still mock the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, sections of Liverpool’s support taunt their fiercest rivals about the 1958 Munich air disaster, which claimed the lives of 23 players, staff and journalists.

United are taking 2,774 supporters to Anfield and the club are desperate for those who travel not to taint their name by making reference to Hillsborough at such a sensitive time on Merseyside, the paper concluded.

After the audible taunts at Old Trafford mocking Hillsborough on Saturday, United issued a statement condemning those responsible and calling for fans to heed Ferguson’s call.