A hugely controversial banner has been pictured hanging across a bridge on the M602 ahead of Liverpool’s Europa League clash with Manchester United, with the word “murderers” scrawled in huge letters as well as the date of the Hillsborough disaster, as reported by the Daily Mail.
This disgraceful display comes after a section of the Manchester United fan-base were heard singing horrible chants about Hillsborough during their 2-0 loss against Jurgen Klopp’s side in the first leg, and really shows a complete lack of class.
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) March 17, 2016
Many Liverpool fans will have been making the trip down to Old Trafford via the M602, so who knows how many will have seen the banner. It’s disgusting behaviour from what we can only assume – but not confirm – are a very disturbed group of Manchester United fans.
Thankfully the banner was quickly taken down, with a spokesman for the Greater Manchester Police having this to say: “We were made aware of the banner and we have taken it down. We have no further comment to make at this time”.
Not only does this kind of thing really have no place in football, it isn’t acceptable in modern society full stop. Mocking such a horrendous disaster can have a serious impact on the grieving friends and families of the victims, and how anyone can think it’s acceptable is a mystery.
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While this is a horrible incident that can’t be ignored, hopefully it doesn’t sour too much what should prove an excellent game. Those that hung this banner obviously don’t represent the majority of Manchester United fans, and hopefully we see far more respect given during and after the game this Thursday evening.