In the wake of the released findings on the Hillsborough disaster and the increasing calls for action against those that perpetrated a cover up, more is being asked of clubs. Liverpool and their neighbors Everton have already done so much, but now traditional rivals United are being encouraged to join in a respectful display before the team’s clash.
Much has been made of the disgusting exchanges between minorities of supporters, where a small number of Liverpool fans sing about the Munich air crash of 1958, and a small number of United fans sing about Hillsborough.
Sir Alex Ferguson has stated that he wants an end to the chants. Liverpool would certainly desire an eradication of hateful remarks in light of what has been found. Several figures in the game are calling for harsh punishments to be handed down.
It would, however, appear hypocritical if these two great clubs were to talk of grand gestures and then let two petulant stars overshadow proceedings. So the pair will have been told, in no uncertain terms, that the country needs the players to think beyond themselves.
Suarez has already served an eight-match suspension after the FA Sanctioned the Uruguayan striker for allegedly racially abusing Evra. Evra is normally an outspoken character anyway, but after the last week it will make more of an impact if there is graciousness on the field.
Sir Alex has said he will help Liverpool in any way possible. Nemanja Vidic and Steven Gerrard are scheduled to release 96 balloons together, on Sunday. Banners will fill the open sections of stands.
As for chanting. If any is overheard on Saturday then the authorities will act swiftly. However, it is very likely that there will be a bit more self-regulation amongst fans on such an emotional Sunday.