Erik ten Hag and Jurgen Klopp demand a halt to “tragedy shouting” before Liverpool’s matchup with Manchester United.

Jurgen Klopp and Erik ten Hag, the managers of Manchester United and Liverpool, jointly urged a halt to “tragedy chanting” in a statement.

Ten Hag referred to the two teams’ rivalry as “one of the best in world football” before their Sunday matchup at Anfield.

It has occasionally been spoiled by opposing fans yelling references to the Heysel, Hillsborough, and Munich air disasters.

Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, urged supporters to “maintain the passion and lose the poison,” nevertheless.

In relation to any catastrophe, Ten Hag continued, “It is unacceptable to utilize the loss of life to score points, and it is time for it to cease.”

The Hillsborough tragedy has been the subject of an increase in “abhorrent chants,” which the Football Association voiced concerns about in November. These songs included those used by fans of Manchester City and Manchester United during their trips to Anfield the previous year.

Then, when they faced off at Elland Road last month, Manchester United and Leeds United “strongly denounced” songs regarding historical atrocities.

The Premier League stated that it is “handling the issue of tragedy chanting as a priority and as a matter of urgency” at the time.

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Ten Hag added before Liverpool’s match this weekend: “There are boundaries that should not be violated, even though we all enjoy the fervor of the supporters when our teams compete.

“Those responsible ruin not just our teams’ reputations but, more crucially, their own reputations, the reputations of the supporters, and the reputations of our wonderful towns.”

In the February 1958 Munich air disaster, a charter airliner crashed, killing 23 persons, including eight Manchester United players and three officials.

In the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, 39 fans died in a crush against a wall that fell before the European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus in 1985, and 97 spectators died in a crush on the terraces before Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in 1989.

We don’t need this kind of competition, Klopp continued, because when it gets too heated, it can become ugly for everyone.

“We do want the commotion, the partisan nature of the event, and the electrifying environment. Anything beyond this, particularly the types of chants that have no place in sport, is what we do not want.

“It will be much better for everyone if we can preserve the passion and lose the poison.”

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