Liver­pool, Man Utd warn fans

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle -

CAPE TOWN — As Liver­pool pre­pare to face Manch­ester United in the ea­gerly-awaited first meeting of th­ese two great ri­vals this sea­son, both clubs have is­sued a joint state­ment to their sup­port­ers.

The sides come face to face at An­field on Mon­day evening (21:00 SA time) with the Reds in fourth place with 16 points ahead of United in sixth place just three points worse off.

And with a his­tory of dis­crim­i­na­tory be­hav­iour from a sec­tion of sup­port­ers, the two sides have ap­pealed for this to be­come a thing of the past.

The joint state­ment read: “Both clubs, their sup­port­ers and foot­ball fans around the world are look­ing for­ward to this his­toric and pas­sion­ate match be­tween two of the sport’s big­gest and old­est ri­vals.

“There is great ri­valry be­tween­ween our fans and we ask all sup­port­ers to be re­spect­ful and d help erad­i­cate all forms of of­fen­sive and dis­crim­i­na­tory be­hav­iour from the game.

“If any sup­port­ers are foundd to be en­gaged in any form of of­fen­sive or dis­crim­i­na­tory y be­hav­iour by stew­ards or via CCTV then they will be im­me­di­ately mme­di­ately re­moved from the sta­dium, risk ar­rest, pros­e­cu­tione­cu­tion and be re­ported in ac­cor­dance with the club’s ground ound reg­u­la­tions.

“This is an un­ri­valled fix­ture re in the Pre­mier League cal­en­dar and we thank all fans s for their con­tin­ued sup­port in this im­por­tant area a of the game.”

Mean­while, Liver­pool have in­tro­duced an acad­emy wagege cap to en­sure their youngng play­ers are not given too much ch money, ac­cord­ing to the Dai­lyy Tele­graph.

The news­pa­per re­ports thatt Liver­pool have adopted an ap­proach to not pay 17-year-old 7-year-old first-sea­son pro­fes­sion­als more than £40,00040,000 in ba­sic salary, although that fig­ure could in­crease crease with bonuses for ap­pear­ances in the un­der-23 side and suc­cess while on loan in the lower di­vi­sions. . Liver­pool re­port­edly be­lieve the shift will help those who want a route to the first team more than play­ers who seek to earn large amount of money in their teenage years. The Tele­graph said the Pre­mier League would wel­come the cap, with Southamp­ton and Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur other clubs who have en­forced a sim­i­lar pol­icy. Man­ager Jur­gen Klopp says there is a clear path­way to his se­nior squad, with the former Borus­sia Dort­mund boss keen to use those within the youth ranks rather than sign­ing play­ers with a sim­i­lar level of abil­ity. “I’ve al­ways been at clubs for the long-term so when I see a 16-year-old player who is good, I can al­ways wait for him,” Klopp said. “I can prom­ise that be­fore we sign a player who isn’t a lot bet­ter than what we al­ready have, we will al­ways use our ownow boys. That’s how the fu­ture should be, even in the crazy foot­ball trans­fer world. We wa want to be this special club. “That’s wh why I am re­ally in­ter­ested in the ta­lent groups and all th­ese boys. We have cre­ated a situ sit­u­a­tion where all th­ese boys see a real persp per­spec­tive. That’s very im­por­tant. They ne need to know that there is a way throu through.”— Sport24/ESPNFC.

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