Some ugly scenes happened in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday evening.
Before the game, tributes were paid to the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on its 30th anniversary. Fans of both sides respectfully kept silent as tributes were paid, but on such a day, a flare was thrown into the away end endangering men, women and children. As a result, a nine-year-old Chelsea supporter needed medical attention after the flare was thrown amid celebrations for Sadio Mane’s opening goal in Liverpool’s 2-0 win.
Some offensive chants also came from the Liverpool fans, and Liverpool have issued a warning to supporters following the team’s clash with Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday following the flare and homophobic chanting from sections of the Reds’ support.
A Liverpool spokesperson has issued the following statement on the incidents:
“Liverpool Football Club would like to thank the players, staff, officials and supporters of Chelsea for their compassionate marking of the Hillsborough anniversary during our fixture at the weekend.
“As ever, the overwhelming majority of those present at Anfield ensured the occasion was a fitting tribute.
“Regrettably, however, a smoke device was thrown into the away section during the second half and we are actively working with Merseyside Police to investigate the matter.
“Any person found to have committed this offence will be banned from our ground.
“The club is also concerned about a chant from some of our fans, specifically referencing Chelsea, as inappropriate and offensive.
“We would urge all Liverpool supporters to respect each other and stop such chants as they do not reflect the inclusivity that the club stands for.
“As a proud member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme, we are committed to LGBT equality across all areas of the club and have contacted them and our own affiliated LBGT group Kop Outs for further support.”
Chelsea FC is in support of the actions of Liverpool FC and released a statement via its official website, thus:
“Chelsea Football Club is extremely concerned a flare was thrown into the section of the stadium housing our supporters during our match at Anfield on Sunday. We therefore welcome Liverpool Football Club’s statement on the matter and their commitment to work alongside Merseyside Police in investigating it.
“We also welcome Liverpool FC’s acknowledgement of homophobic chants from home supporters at the game and their commitment to rid such sentiment from their stadium.”