Man Utd and Leeds release statements slamming both sets of supporters for vile chants regarding historic tragedies
MANCHESTER UNITED and Leeds have released a joint statement condemning chanting in relation to historic tragedies.
It came as United won the match 2-0 thanks to second-half goals from Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho.
The short statement read: “Both clubs strongly condemn chanting from both sets of fans regarding historic tragedies at today’s game.
“Such behaviour is completely unacceptable and we will continue to work together with our respective fan groups and the Premier League, and other authorities on eradicating it from football.”
The chants in question were directed towards the Munich air disaster and Istanbul.
The air crash in 1958 saw the majority of Man Utd’s team at the time wiped out.
A total of 23 people, including eight players, were killed when British European Airways Flight 609 attempted a third takeoff from the runway at Munich-Riem Airport.
Istanbul relates to when Leeds faced Galatasaray in a Uefa Cup semi-final in 2000.
Fan clashes before the game resulted in two Leeds fans losing their lives after being stabbed.
It comes after Brentford’s Ivan Toney was the victim of racist abuse following his side’s 1-1 draw
Toney scored a late equaliser in the fixture but was then targeted with racist abuse by vile trolls on his Instagram page after the game.
In a statement, the Bees said: “We are disgusted and saddened that Ivan has had to deal with this yet again.
“We will not tolerate it and we will do everything we can to pursue the individuals involved.
“Ivan was subject to similar abuse in October last year, and the perpetrator is now facing the consequences in court.
“How many times does this need to happen?
“We call on football fans everywhere to relish the competition and rivalry that exists between us, but to respect and embrace our differences and celebrate the diversity that exists throughout the Premier League.
“There is no room for racism.”