Fergie calls on Man Utd, Liverpool fans to end hatred
MANCHESTER (AFP) - Sir Alex Ferguson hopes the recent revelations surrounding the Hillsborough tragedy will bring an end to the hatred between Manchester United and Liverpool supporters.
United visit Anfield on Sept 23 for a fixture which has often been scarred by tasteless hostility between fans from both clubs. Over the years, United supporters have been accused of chanting songs about the Hillsborough disaster, which took the lives of 96 Liverpool fans, while Mancunians have been on the receiving end of taunts over the 1958 Munich air disaster, which saw several of the club's players perish.
But this week's report into the 1989 disaster, which clearly exonerated Liverpool fans of any role in the tragedy, has brought the issue of fans' behaviour into even sharper focus and Ferguson believes supporters will respond accordingly.
"It shouldn't need what's happened during the week to do that," Ferguson said on Friday. "We are the two great clubs, ourselves and Liverpool. They should understand each other's problems over the past. But the fact we're playing them after the findings we've been reading about the past couple of days does bring a focus to it."