Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ferguson Calls For An End To Liverpool Hostility

Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Liverpool and called for an end to the hostility between the two clubs.

Speaking on the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report – which cleared Liverpool fans of blame for the tragedy where 96 fans died - Sir Alex explained, “We are two great clubs, ourselves and Liverpool. We should understand each others problems. Maybe a line will be drawn in the sand in terms of their behavior to each other.”

As the two most successful clubs in the UK, the rivalry between them is steeped in history. Unfortunately, recent clashes have turned unsavory with Luis Suarez receiving an eight game ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra when the sides met last October. The following fixture in February was once again controversial when Suarez refused to shake Evra’s hand.

Brendan Rodgers has mirrored Sir Alex's sentiments. When speaking on chants centered around the Hillsborough and Munich tragedies he said, “I speak as a human being and I don’t ever like to hear anything like that associating other clubs’ tragedies and deaths.

“But let’s hope we can all move on and hopefully we will all learn from this process.”

The sides meet each other next weekend at Anfield and Ferguson and Rodgers will be hoping the supporters have taken their advice.

Liverpool and Sunderland players will wear black armbands at The Stadium Of Light in memory of those who died.

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