Hillsborough-related taunts could be heard throughout Luton vs Liverpool
A stoppage time equaliser from Luis Diaz salvaged a point for the Reds at Kenilworth Road after Tahith Chong had given the Hatters the lead late on in the game.
But the match was marred by Hillsborough-related taunts that could be heard from a small pocket of the home fans throughout the 90 minutes.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher called out the chants while on commentary for Sky Sports, saying: ‘As supporters we’ve got to have rivalry, there’s no doubt about that but we’re better than that.’
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp was asked about the chants, and while he admitted he did not hear them himself, he had a simple message for the fans: ‘Shame on everybody who sang on it.’
The FA have now issued the following statement on the matter:
‘We are aware of the tragedy chanting during yesterday’s Premier League fixture between Luton Town and Liverpool, and we are seeking observations from Luton Town and further details from the Police.
Jurgen Klopp slammed the ‘shameful’ chants (Photo: Getty)
‘We strongly condemn chanting of this nature and will continue to work closely with our stakeholders across the game, including the clubs, leagues, fan groups and the relevant authorities to proactively address this issue.’
Both Liverpool and Luton Town are yet to officially comment on the matter.
At the start of the season the Premier League issued their own statement promising to crackdown on tragedy chanting:
‘Premier League clubs unanimously agreed at the Annual General Meeting today to a series of new measures to address the unacceptable rise in anti-social behaviour involving football tragedy-related chanting, gesturing, graffiti, online abuse and other behaviours last season.
‘The measures are the output of a cross-football working group which was set up in December to explore available options to challenge the normalisation of such distasteful behaviours and incidents.
‘The issues have continued to cause significant distress to the victims’ families, survivors and affected club supporters, in addition to damaging the reputation of the clubs involved and football in England and Wales.
‘The action will focus on criminal prosecution, the regulatory environment, enforcement, online abuse, education and communications.’
Back in June, a man was fined and banned from football for four years for wearing a shirt that mocked the 97 fans that died at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield in 1989.
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Hillsborough-related taunts could be heard throughout the Premier League game.