Manchester United vs Liverpool: The Hillsborough and Munich Chants Have to Stop
Justice for the 96—that has been the cry from Liverpool fans since 96 of their brothers, sisters, sons, fathers, mothers and daughters were crushed to death in an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in 1989.
The following day, the Sun printed a story that blamed the Liverpool fans at the venue for the accident happening in the first place. On top of this, it stated that the Liverpudlians present had been urinating on Police officers and stealing from their dead brethren.
Disgustingly, the British government at the time—Thatcher's Tory party—backed up the ridiculous lies the Sun had printed, labelling the fans as the culprits as well as the victims.
Thankfully the shocking cover-up was exposed to the world in the Hillsborough Report last Thursday, which proved outright for the first time that the disaster came about as a result of poor work from the Yorkshire Police, who attempted to cram far too many fans into the cage-like Sheffield Wednesday stadium.
What was perhaps most amazing of all was the amount of Police statements that had been altered on the day of the accident itself to ensure that the law enforcement officials at the ground could not take the blame they deserved.
It was also revealed that ambulances were denied access to the ground at a stage where had they been allowed through, 41 more lives could have been saved.
I am a Manchester United fan and have been since I was three years old, but when a human tragedy like this occurs, one has to take a step back from the beautiful game for a moment and realise exactly what repercussions chants at the expense of the victims and their family may have on people's emotions.
There has always been a more than healthy rivalry between Liverpool and United—and in footballing terms, long may that continue—but that in no way justifies the mockery of the human lives lost that day.
Yes, I know what a lot of you are thinking right now: "But they chant about the Munich air disaster just as much!" My response to that is, rise above it. It's equally as sick and wrong for some fans to chant about the Busby babes deaths, and that also must end.
Of course, it's 100 percent incorrect to suggest that all United fans are acting in this manner, just as it would be wrong to suggest the same is true of Pool fans in regards to Munich. However, the small pockets of supporters from both clubs give not only themselves and their clubs a bad name, but also the sport of football itself.
It's this exact type of hooliganism that gives supporters across the world the poor image that non-footballing fans have of us.
In both the Munich air crash and the Hillsborough tragedy, human lives—regardless of what team they supported or played for—were lost.
It's time to put all the hatred aside and just let the football speak for itself.
That's not to say that chants at the other teams expense are wrong in regards to some things.
More that football in general would be a lot more tolerated internationally if morals were taken into account more often.
Anyone who wants to spend time chanting about the deaths of innocent people does not deserve to be associated with their club or the sport as a whole.
Let's hope sanity prevails this on Sunday, for the sake of all who have been affected by either horrific event.
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