Manchester City and Liverpool have written a joint letter to supporters of both clubs asking them to take action to end the toxic atmosphere that has clouded recent meetings between the sides.
To stave off bad blood ahead of Thursday’s Carabao Cup match at the Etihad Stadium, City CEO Ferran Soriano and his Liverpool counterpart, Billy Hogan, have urged fans to report any crowd issues or disturbing incidents. Fans found guilty of “unacceptable behavior” will be banned.
Liverpool’s 1-0 win over City at Anfield in October turned into ugliness and last month senior officials and representatives from both clubs entered peace talks in a desperate attempt to improve relations between City Matters, City’s elected supporter network and the Liverpool Fans’ Board. led to .
City have claimed that, as in the Champions League quarter-final match in 2018, a coin was thrown at coach Pep Guardiola during the match and his team bus was attacked outside Anfield.
Liverpool denounced the sick chants of City fans mocking the Hillsborough disaster and the graffiti posted on the away track in connection with the tragedy that left 97 people dead.
Now Soriano and Hogan have urged fans to work with clubs to identify fans responsible for anti-social behavior as they work to end hostilities.
“We appreciate that some fans may not be aware of the impact their behavior has on other fans, both inside and outside the stadium, and we will continue to work with our fans on this education,” said City and Liverpool CEOs.
“However, it is important for everyone to be aware that we are fully committed to tackling unacceptable behavior and will take action by imposing bans on those found to be responsible.
“We included the chairs of both our fan groups in our discussions and got their full support to help create the right atmosphere for our matches.
“If we stand together to report harmful behavior and actions, including inappropriate behavior, singing, object throwing, and any form of discrimination, then we can all concentrate on supporting our teams.”
Soriano and Hogan said they wanted “full support” from fans to fight “behaviors and actions that have no place in our game” and “preserve the good reputations of both our clubs”.
The issue also appears to place more pressure on Guardiola and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to keep their emotions in check.
Klopp was banned from the touchline for one match by the Football Association for angrily challenging assistant referee Gary Beswick after Mohamed Salah was denied a free kick late in the second half of his October win.
Guardiola also caught the heat of the moment at Anfield when he expressed anger at fourth referee Mike Dean after City denied the penalty.
City were also angry at Klopp’s remarks about transfer spending in the game’s genesis, which they thought were provocative.
Soriano and Hogan, City and Liverpool fans about any event on matchday by talking to the stadium staff, downloading the Kick It Out app, visiting https://www.liverpoolfc.com/redtogether/reporting-online-abuse or email mancity@ He said he could send it to me. mancity.com.