Liverpool release statement accusing Man City fans of vile chants

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Liverpool have released a statement accusing Manchester City supporters of singing ‘vile chants’ at Anfield on Sunday night. The club have said that they will work with the opposition and the relevant authorities to address the matter.

The statement reads: “We are deeply disappointed to hear vile chants relating to football stadium tragedies from the away section during today’s game at Anfield. The concourse in the away section was also vandalised with graffiti of a similar nature.

“We know the impact such behaviour has on the families, survivors and all those associated with such disasters. We are working with the relevant authorities and we will also work with Manchester City in order to do our utmost to ensure these chants are eradicated from football altogether.”

It remains to be seen whether an investigation is carried out about the incidents in the away end and whether City address the matter.

In a heated contest, Liverpool were victorious on the night in Merseyside. Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of the game in the 76th minute, expertly turning past Joao Cancelo after controlling a long ball before slotting the ball beyond Ederson.

Though City will certainly feel aggrieved by the result given that they thought they had taken the lead just moments before through Phil Foden. The England international smashed home from close range to send the away supporters into a frenzy before VAR intervened to suggest that referee Anthony Taylor visited the pitchside monitor to review a coming together between Erling Haaland and Fabinho in the build up to the goal.

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The official had been lenient throughout though decided that Haaland had overstepped the mark when dragging Fabinho to the ground, much to the fury of Pep Guardiola and supporters. Speaking about the decision after the match, the Spanish boss told Sky Sports: “The referee decided before the game to go to Jurgen Klopp and my assistant coaches and say, ‘Here it’s play on, play on, I’m not going to whistle any fouls.’

“And then it was a thousand million [times] where it was foul but not foul, foul but not foul, and say play on, play on, play on. But after we score a goal it’s not play on. So, okay. If he decided, ‘Every action I’m going to whistle, every action I’m going to whistle’ but he [didn’t]. He decided to [let things go], we challenged, they shouted, we had to shout more, they ran, we had to run more – but after we scored a goal they disallowed it so… this is Anfield.”

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