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Mourinho calls for respect ahead of Liverpool-United game

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 00:59

Manager Jose Mourinho calls for respect when his Manchester United team visit Anfield to play Liverpool.

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SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (OCTOBER 14, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO SAYING: "In football we have some football tragedies, if you can speak that, which is the big match that you lost, the mistake that some player did, this kind of thing, and you can make fun of it in a positive way but the human tragedy is something much, much, much more serious and I think is the last thing somebody should use in the football pitch because were really big tragedies, not to forget but to respect so I would be really sad if in such a big football match that was a negative point." STORY: Manager Jose Mourinho has called for both sets of supporters to respect each other when his Manchester United team visit Anfield to play Liverpool in the Premier League on Monday (October 17). The rivalry between the clubs is one of the most fiercely contested in world football and matches have been littered with unsavoury incidents in the past. Last season, both clubs were fined by UEFA for crowd disturbances and supporters engaging in illicit chanting when they met in the last 16 of the Europa League. The chants aimed at Liverpool supporters concerned the Heysel and Hillsborough stadium tragedies while those directed at United fans referenced the Munich air disaster in 1958. "In football we have some football tragedies, if you can speak that, which is the big match that you lost, the mistake that some player did, this kind of thing, and you can make fun of it in a positive way," Mourinho said at a news conference on Friday (October 14). "But the human tragedy is something much, much, much more serious and I think is the last thing somebody should use in the football pitch because were really big tragedies, not to forget but to respect so I would be really sad if in such a big football match that was a negative point," the Portuguese added. The clubs issued a joint statement on Thursday warning supporters to behave and Mourinho reinforced the message.

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Mourinho calls for respect ahead of Liverpool-United game

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 00:59