Information for MUFC supporters travelling to Liverpool

The following statement is being circulated to Manchester United supporters travelling to Anfield for the match on Sunday. We do not intend to make any comment aside from this statement.

Information for MUFC supporters travelling to Liverpool

Reds going to this Sunday's match against Liverpool at Anfield are being asked to keep the aisles clear.

Last season, Liverpool City Council reduced United's allocation to 1,965 in an attempt to address the problem of United fans blocking the aisles.

The move - accompanied by a widespread publicity campaign from United and its fans' groups - worked and the council was satisfied safety problems had been reduced.

At Sunday's match, they have not sold any seats on the back two rows of the away end, as they offer a severely restricted view, which leads to migration.

This has meant United have lost 186 seats, meaning our allocation is 2,814.

In order to avoid a return to a sub-2,000 allocation, United fans will need to keep the aisles clear as the blocking of these gangways is seen as a serious safety issue.

United supporters' groups continue to work with the relevant authorities and the Football Supporters' Federation to secure higher ticket allocations for the large number of reds following the team away from home and have had a number of successes recently including the higher allocation at Anfield this season after the paltry 1,900 allocation last year.

Fans will also be aware that there has been significant interest in the media about offensive chanting and gestures in reference to the Hillsborough and Munich disasters that befell the two clubs. As a consequence, we understand that Merseyside police and Liverpool stewards will be looking to take action against any individuals identified as engaging in this type of behaviour, whether they be United or Liverpool supporters.

Given the reaction to Saturday's chants of "always the victims", many United fans have pointed out that the song is not a reference to Hillsborough, which has also been acknowledged by Sir Alex Ferguson at his press conference. However in the current context, regardless of the motivation, it clearly may be perceived by Liverpool supporters, sections of the media, and indeed - judging by feedback - some United supporters, as inappropriate on Sunday.

It is not the role of MUST to tell any United supporter how to support their club but we do wish to reiterate the position of our organisation. We agree 100% with the statement made by Sir Alex Ferguson and wish is to leave no room for doubt - we unequivocally condemn chants mocking the Munich air crash, Hillsborough and indeed any other human tragedy.

 
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