Liverpool and Utd appeal to fans

As Liverpool prepare to face Manchester United in the eagerly-awaited first meeting of these two great rivals this season, both clubs have issued a joint statement to their supporters.

The sides come face to face at Anfield on Monday evening with the Reds in fourth place with 16 points ahead of United in sixth place just three points worse off.

And with a history of discriminatory behaviour from a section of supporters, the two sides have appealed for this to become a thing of the past.

The joint statement read: "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."