London: Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has urged fans to behave properly at Anfield during the Premier League clash with old rivals Liverpool on Sunday.
Vidic is due to play a central role in a tribute to honour the victims of the Hillsborough disaster by releasing red balloons, alongside his Liverpool counterpart Steven Gerrard, in memory of each of those killed in the 1989 tragedy.
United has worked hard along with Liverpool to try to ensure the game passes without any unpleasant incident and are even considering distributing a letter written by Sir Alex Ferguson to those United fans going to Anfield.
Long-standing antagonism between supporters of both clubs, which has spilled over into ugly chants about Hillsborough and the 1958 Munich air disaster, which cost the lives of eight United players, have cast a shadow over the build-up to this weekend.
Vidic has cautioned fans they would be spoiling club’s great history if they fail to behave properly during the match, and urged them to show due respect.
“There is a lot of history with these two clubs. We have some history as well, we have some tragedies, just like Liverpool. We should respect each other because we are big clubs and clubs that are respected in the world,” The Telegraph quoted Vidic, as saying.
“We have to show an example and be on top of the bad situation and behave well and, I would say, be an example,” he added.
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