Man Utd release statement on "completely unacceptable" Hillsborough chants

Manchester United have released a statement after United fans were heard singing a Hillsborough chant in their Premier League clash with Liverpool.

The 1989 Hillsborough disaster, during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, cost 97 Liverpool fans their lives. In a video shared online United fans could be heard singing 'The Sun was right, you're murderers', in reference to false reports in the aftermath.

United said: “Manchester United stands in solidarity with Liverpool FC & its fans in remembering the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Offensive chants about the tragedy are completely unacceptable and we will work with our supporters’ groups to educate fans on the issue.”

Earlier in the contest, Liverpool and United fans had come together for minutes of applause in the seventh minute.

Cristiano Ronaldo had announced he and his partner Georgina Rodriguez had lost their baby son on Monday evening. Ronaldo was granted compassionate leave for the fixture, but fans joined to chant 'You'll Never Walk Alone' and 'Viva Ronaldo'.

Liverpool won the clash 4-0 as they continued their push for the Premier League title.

The chants come after Manchester City fans were slammed for chanting about Hillsborough during a minute's silence remembering the tragedy in their FA Cup clash.

Ian Byrne, Labour MP for Liverpool West Derby, wrote an open letter to City asking for "education about Hillsborough added to the curriculum in the Greater Manchester region."

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