Women's Sport: Liverpool report alleged Hillsborough chants to FA

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Liverpool Women have reported that a handful of Manchester United fans were chanting about the Hillsborough disaster during the teams' first-ever meeting in the Women's Super League (WSL) on Saturday 28. 

The Football Association will be investigating claims that Manchester United fans made offensive references to the Hillsborough disaster during the game against Liverpool at Leigh Sports Village.  

At several points during the game, the chant, "always the victims - it's never your fault" was heard from the Manchester United end. Liverpool have also expressed concern in regards to anti-Scouse chants that referenced rats and robbers. 

It was the first time that the two sides had met in the WSL on Saturday 28 September, and they did so in front of over 2,800 fans. Manchester United went on to win the game 2-0, meaning that Liverpool are yet to win a game this season and sit bottom of the league. 

This is the first time that Liverpool Women have reported chants of an offensive nature, and their General Manager referred to it as “a lack of respect to our players and management from Man United supporters”.

What should have been an historic first meeting between the sides will now be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Despite a year of prolific success for the female sport, we've inevitably been forced to witness the distasteful nastiness that plagues the men's game. 

With the women's game being praised for its welcoming and encouraging atmosphere, it would be a huge shame to see the environment ruined with slurs that burden the men's game.

Should Liverpool file an official report, it's the responsibility of the FA to set in motion a clear plan of action that details how offensive chants will remain as far from the women's game as possible.

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