A man was arrested at the FA Cup final at Wembley for wearing a Manchester United shirt that had an offensive reference to the Hillsborough disaster, in which 97 Liverpool fans died.
A photograph was circulated on Twitter by what appeared to be a Liverpool fan account called @LiverpoolPhotox showing the back of the man’s shirt with the number 97 and the words “Not enough”.
The Metropolitan Police Events Twitter account retweeted the photograph and wrote: “#ARREST We are aware of this and have worked proactively with officials at @wembleystadium to identify the individual.
“He has been arrested on suspicion of an offense against public order and detained.”
Ninety-seven Liverpool fans died as a result of a crush at an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield on 15 April 1989.
They were unlawfully killed amid a series of police blunders, an inquest jury ruled in 2016.
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In March 2023, the clubs jointly asked fans to end the “chant of tragedies” before a Premier League game at Anfield.
The long-time rivals issued a statement from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and his United counterpart Erik ten Hag calling for an end to online chants and abuse about tragedies such as Hillsborough and the Munich air crash in 1958, which killed 23 people. , including eight United players.
“It is unacceptable to use the loss of life – in relation to any tragedy – to score points, and it is time for it to stop,” Ten Hag said.
“Those responsible tarnish not only the reputation of our clubs, but also, above all, the reputation of themselves, the fans and our great cities.”
The rivalry is intense but it should not cross the line, Klopp agreed.
“We want the occasion to be partisan and we want the atmosphere to be electric,” said the Liverpool manager. “What we don’t want is anything that goes beyond that and that especially applies to the kind of chants that have no place in football.”