Arrest made in connection with tragedy chanting at Manchester United vs Liverpool FA Cup clash

Police have made an arrest in connection with tragedy chanting during Manchester United’s win over Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Chants of ‘Murderers’ and ‘Always the victims’ were heard in the Stretford End during the FA Cup classic, which finished 4-3 to Man United.


The chants were audible on TV coverage of the matchCredit: Getty

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “GMP can confirm that an arrest has been made in connection with tragedy chanting at the Manchester United v Liverpool fixture this afternoon (Sunday 17 March).

“Incidents of tragedy chanting will not be tolerated and will be dealt with robustly.

“We are all familiar with fans taunting their opponents at football matches, but this is generally done in good humour and without offence.

“The incidents today crossed the line of what is acceptable, and we will work closely with both clubs to identify anyone responsible for committing offences during the event.”

The Football Association has condemned the chanting and vowed to liaise with police over the matter.

United are understood to be ‘fully supportive’ of the statements issued by The FA and GMP.

“We are aware of the reported tragedy chanting during today’s FA Cup fixture between Manchester United and Liverpool, and we will be liaising with and supporting Greater Manchester Police,” read a statement.

“We strongly condemn any offensive, abusive and discriminatory chants in football stadiums, and we are determined to stamp this behaviour out.

Man United claimed the dramatic win in what was an FA Cup classic


Man United claimed the dramatic win in what was an FA Cup classicCredit: Getty

“It is entirely unacceptable and can have a lasting and damaging impact on people and communities within our game. It must stop, and we support any club and their fans who try to eradicate this from the terraces.”

United have repeatedly stressed there is no place in football for tragedy chanting and continue to work with Liverpool to educate fans and ahead of Sunday’s game the club reiterated comments made by Erik ten Hag in a joint statement with Jurgen Klopp last season where both managers collectively called for an end to this behaviour.

The Red Devils the spellbinding cup tie with Amad Diallo scoring the winner in the final moments of extra time.

Scott McTominay put the home side ahead on ten minutes but quickfire goals by Alexis Mac Allister and Mohamed Salah saw Liverpool go 2-1 up at half time.

A late strike by substitute Antony saw the game go to extra time but the visitors took the lead again through Harvey Elliott in the first half of extra time.

Marcus Rashford pegged Klopp’s men back again before Diallo got the winner to seal Man United a semi-final date with Coventry City at Wembley.


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