Manchester United, Liverpool issue joint statement regarding crowd violence ahead of Monday's clash

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Liverpool, Oct 13: Liverpool and Manchester United have released a joint statement ahead of their crucial English Premier League clash on Monday night. [EPL Schedule of Game week 8]

Both the arch-rivals have taken the initiative in order to prevent crowd violence during the match. Extra measures are been taken keeping in mind the late kick-off.

Liverpool and Manchester United logos (Image courtesy: Liverpool and Manchester United Twitter)

Manchester United and Liverpool share a bitter rivalry being the two most successful clubs in the history of English football.

The relationship between the two is not really pleasant and there is  always a sense of hostility among both sets of the fans whenever the two teams clash.

The last time these two rivals faced each other was in the Europa League quarter-final stages. After both the legs, Liverpool emerged victorious but were fined, due to £30,553, half of which was suspended for two years, for illicit chants, and were fined a further £13,000 for the setting off of fireworks, throwing of objects, crowd disturbances, by the UEFA.

Manchester United too were slapped with a hefty fine of £30,553 for illicit chants, half of which was suspended for two years, as well as £13,750 for blocking stairways, crowd disturbances and the throwing of objects.

Thus, to prevent such actions, the clubs have taken a brilliant initiative to release a joint statement.

The official statement read: "Both clubs, their supporters and football fans around the world are looking forward to this historic and passionate match between two of the sport's biggest and oldest rivals.

"There is a great rivalry between our fans and we ask all supporters to be respectful and help eradicate all forms of offensive and discriminatory behaviour from the game.

"If any supporters are found to be engaged in any form of offensive or discriminatory behaviour by stewards or via CCTV then they will be immediately removed from the stadium, risk arrest, prosecution and be reported in accordance with the Club's ground regulations.

"This is an unrivalled fixture in the Premier League calendar and we thank all fans for their continued support in this important area of the game."

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