Man United Supporters Trust call for end to Hillsborough chants ahead of Anfield clash
11:18 GMT, 20 September 2012
Truce: Ferguson and MUST are hoping for an end to the offensive chanting
The Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) have echoed Sir Alex Ferguson's call to bring an end to songs from fans mocking the Hillsborough and Munich disasters.
Liverpool and United go head-to-head on Sunday in the first match at Anfield since publishing of a report into the deaths of 96 fans at Hillsborough in 1989.
The two clubs have shared a fierce rivalry throughout their histories, but Ferguson and other leading figures from both clubs have called for an end to the offensive songs which have reportedly been heard in recent fixtures.
'We agree 100 per cent with the statement made by Sir Alex Ferguson and wish to leave no room for doubt – we unequivocally condemn chants mocking the Munich air crash, Hillsborough and indeed any other human tragedy,' reads the MUST statement.
Earlier this week Ferguson said: 'It is going to be a very emotional day on Sunday and we will support them (Liverpool) in every way we can.
'As a club we are totally supportive of Liverpool in the situation they are in. We understand what those families must have felt when they got that report.
'I didn’t hear it (the chants), but others did, particularly in the directors’ box. (Chief executive) David Gill was disappointed.'
Part of MUST statement referring to chants
'Fans will also be aware that there has been significant interest in the media about offensive chanting and gestures in reference to the Hillsborough and Munich disasters that befell the two clubs.
As a consequence, we understand that Merseyside police and Liverpool stewards will be looking to take action against any individuals identified as engaging in this type of behaviour, whether they be United or Liverpool supporters.
Given the reaction to Saturday’s chants of 'always the victims', many United fans have pointed out that the song is not a reference to Hillsborough, which has also been acknowledged by Sir Alex Ferguson at his press conference.
However in the current context, regardless of the motivation, it clearly may be perceived by Liverpool supporters, sections of the media, and indeed – judging by feedback – some United supporters, as inappropriate on Sunday.
It is not the role of MUST to tell any United supporter how to support their club but we do wish to reiterate the position of our organisation.
We agree 100 per cent with the statement made by Sir Alex Ferguson and wish to leave no room for doubt – we unequivocally condemn chants mocking the Munich air crash, Hillsborough and indeed any other human tragedy.'