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Mourinho Urges Manchester United, Liverpool Fans To Be Polite

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho has appealed to his club and Liverpool fans not to overshadow Monday’s game at Anfield with disrespectful chants.

The two clubs were fined by UEFA after their Europa League last-16 tie in last season, as supporters mocked tragedies suffered by both sides.

Mourinho said: “I will be really sad if in such a big football match; that was a negative point.’’

“In football you have some football tragedies; You lose a big match or make a mistake. You can make fun of it.

“Human tragedy is something much more serious. It is the last thing someone should use in a football pitch. Really big tragedies are serious’’, the Reds boss reasoned.

On his part, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp indicated such fixture “will never be a normal game”.

He added: “We should use this opportunity on the pitch to make sure all the nice stories are written about what happens on it, and not around.

“Big respect is what this sport stands for and you face your biggest opponents and play football against them. That is the battle we have, that is where we should show who is the best and create a special atmosphere.”

It would be recalled the Man U defeated their rivals 3-1 on aggregate in the first meeting between the clubs in European competition, but the tie was marred by many unsavoury scenes.

During the game, Liverpool were sanctioned for setting off fireworks, a late kick-off and was fined for the damage caused by fans at Old Trafford, while United were charged for stairways blocked at their stadium.

Manchester United go into the game sixth in the Premier League with 13 points, two places and three points adrift of Liverpool.

A total of eight United players were among 23 people killed in 1958, after their plane caught fire and crashed in Munich.

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