Nottingham Forest fans unveiled a banner in support of the victims of Hillsborough in which they called for the end of ‘tragedy chanting’.
The topic of ‘tragedy chanting’ has become prominent in recent months with supporters mocking their opponents over past incidents in which supporters have lost their lives.
The Hillsborough disaster in 1989 took place at an FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest – with the events of that day leading to the deaths of 97 fans from the Merseyside club.
Ahead of kick-off at Anfield today, Forest fans unveiled a 30 foot banner which paid respect to the victims of Hillsborough as well as call for the end of ‘tragedy chanting’.
Nottingham Forest supporters unveiled a banner ahead of their game at Anfield calling for an end to ‘tragedy chanting’
Liverpool fans gave a round of applause to the visiting supporters for their banner which also offered support to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster
The message on the banner said: ‘Respect the 97.
Solidarity with survivors. No to tragedy chanting’.
After revealing the banner, there was a round of applause from Liverpool fans towards the supporters of Nottingham Forest.
The idea has been orchestrated by a group of fans, originating from the City Ground, under the Twitter account @NoHateChants.
A wreath was also laid at Anfield prior to kick off as a mark of respect, with the Forest Twitter account posting: ‘Ahead of this afternoon’s fixture at Anfield, Steve Hodge laid a wreath at the Hillsborough Memorial on behalf of the players, haber oku staff and supporters of Nottingham Forest to remember those who tragically lost their lives 34 years ago.
The 97 will never be forgotten’.
In response, Liverpool’s official account sent a message of thanks before adding another when the banner was unveiled.
They wrote: ‘Thank you for your continued support, @NFFC.
Our thoughts as always are with all those affected by the tragedy at Hillsborough. We must all keep working together to put an end to tragedy chanting.’
‘Tragedy chanting’ has been heard at numerous games this season including Liverpool’s recent trip to Stamford Bridge
It is not only at Liverpool games where ‘tragedy chants’ have been heard this season.
Manchester United and Leeds fans issued statements after chants referring to the Munich air disaster and the murder of two Leeds fans in Istanbul were sung.
A Premier League working group set up this year to tackle the problem, also involving clubs, the Football Association, English and Football Supporters’ Association, is understood to have consulted the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to discuss what legislation could be used to pursue convictions against alleged perpetrators.