Mourinho calls for respect ahead of Liverpool-United game
(Reuters) - Manager Jose Mourinho has called for both sets of supporters to respect each other when his Manchester United team visit Anfield to play Liverpool in the Premier League on Monday.
The rivalry between the clubs is one of the most fiercely contested in world soccer and matches have been littered with unsavory incidents in the past.
Last season, both clubs were fined by UEFA for crowd disturbances and supporters engaging in illicit chanting when they met in the last 16 of the Europa League.
The chants aimed at Liverpool supporters concerned around the Heysel and Hillsborough stadium tragedies while those directed at United fans referenced the Munich air disaster in 1958.
"In football, we have some 'football tragedies', which is the big match that you lost, the mistake that some player did and you can make fun of it in a positive way," the Portuguese told reporters.
"But the human tragedy is something much, much more serious and I think is the last thing somebody should use on a football pitch.
"These need our respect, so I would be really sad if in such a big football match that was a negative point."
The clubs issued a joint statement on Thursday warning supporters to behave and Mourinho reinforced the message at a news conference on Friday.
Mourinho said he was looking forward to the atmosphere at Anfield, comparing the match to the other derbies he has experienced during his managerial career. Continued...