The Straits Times
Published on Sep 19, 2012

Fergie repeats call for peace with Liverpool


LONDON (AFP) - Alex Ferguson has repeated his criticism of supporters who sang anti-Liverpool chants during Manchester United's victory over Wigan and has appealed for the club's fans to act in a more dignified manner at Anfield on Sunday.

United face their arch rivals this weekend in the first game to be staged at Anfield since the Independent Hillsborough Panel cleared Liverpool supporters of any wrong doing in the 1989 FA Cup semi-final tragedy which left 96 of them dead after crushing on the terraces.

The panel exposed an alleged cover up by authorities and Ferguson made an appeal last Friday for both sets of supporters to "draw a line in the sand" in their long-running and bitter animosity.

Yet a section of United supporters used Saturday's home game against Wigan to chant anti-Liverpool slogans, including one which featured the refrain "You're always the victims, it's never your fault."