Liverpool and Manchester United release joint statement warning fans to cut out 'offensive and discriminatory behaviour'

Previous meetings between the North West foes have been marred by violence 

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Liverpool and Manchester United have released a joint statement calling on their fans to behave during the Premier League clash between the two rivals on Monday night.

Previous meetings between the North West foes have been marred by violence and discriminatory behaviour and so the two clubs, who have 38 top-flight titles between them, have moved to warn both sets of fans of their responsibilities before the match.

A statement on both club websites said: “Both clubs, their supporters and football fans around the world are looking forward to this historic and passionate match between two of the sport’s biggest and oldest rivals.

“There is great rivalry between our fans and we ask all supporters to be respectful and help eradicate all forms of offensive and discriminatory behaviour from the game.

“If any supporters are found to be engaged in any form of offensive or discriminatory behaviour by stewards or via CCTV then they will be immediately removed from the stadium, risk arrest, prosecution and be reported in accordance with the club’s ground regulations. This is an unrivalled fixture in the Premier League calendar and we thank all fans for their continued support in this important area of the game.”

A spokesperson from Kick it Out, added: “Both Liverpool and Manchester United should be commended for this proactive approach ahead of this important fixture.

“We always encourage supporters to report any form of discrimination they may see or hear. Our reporting app, which is available to download from the App Store and Google Play, allows users the option to attach photos and videos.”