Manchester City released a statement on Saturday ahead of the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool. The club condemned the attitude of its supporters, who sang during the minute of silence observed in memory of the victims of Hillsborough.
For Manchester City to be sure to communicate on the subject, it is because the matter is serious. 33 years ago, on 15 April 1989, the Hillsborough disaster during a match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest killed 97 people. Ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final between the Reds and Manchester City at Wembley, Skyblues fans observed a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the tragedy.
‘Extremely disappointed’ with Manchester City supporters
Chanting was heard in the part of the stadium reserved for Manchester City supporters, followed by whistles from Liverpool fans. “Manchester City are deeply disappointed by the actions of some of their supporters during the minute’s silence prior to today’s match. The club sincerely apologizes to all those associated with Liverpool Football Club,” Citizens said in a press release.
A video has also been circulated on social networks where a Liverpool fan has been targeted by Manchester City supporters ahead of the meeting. The police had to intervene to isolate Nayak.
This Friday, on the day of this tragic anniversary, Liverpool players and staff observed a minute’s silence in front of a memorial dedicated to the victims. As a reminder, this is still the deadliest tragedy ever seen at a sporting event in the UK.
Liverpool qualified for the FA Cup final after beating their opponents 3–2 on the pitch. Another goal from a corner kick by Ibrahima Konate and a brace signed by Sadio Mane helped the Reds take a 3-0 lead in the first period. Pep Guardiola’s player woke up on his return from the locker room thanks to Jack Grealish and revived the mystery in extra time with Bernardo Silva. But the hardest work was done for Jurgen Klopp’s team, who would have a chance to win their first FA Cup.