Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, and Mayor of Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, join Manchester United, Everton, Manchester City and Liverpool, plus Greater Manchester Police and Merseyside Police, in issuing a joint statement condemning the racist abuse endured by multiple professional footballers in recent weeks and months.

"We stand shoulder to shoulder in saying there is no room for racism, hate or any form of discrimination in our beautiful game. It should not happen and it must stop."

This weekend Manchester United play Everton and Liverpool host Manchester City in the Premier League. It is also the culmination of Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week.

The joint statement is also outlined in full below:

Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week – Liverpool and Manchester stand together

This weekend the four Premier League clubs of Manchester and Liverpool play each other in our two city-regions.

Today Manchester United, Everton, Manchester City and Liverpool have come together to support Hate Crime Awareness Week in Greater Manchester.

Our four great North West clubs are united with the Mayors of Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region, and both Greater Manchester Police and Merseyside Police. We condemn the racist abuse that too many players, officials and supporters continue to encounter, most recently on social media platforms.

We stand shoulder to shoulder in saying there is no room for racism, hate or any form of discrimination in our beautiful game. It should not happen and it must stop.

Image: jabzg (opens new window) on Flickr licensed via Creative Commons


Article Published: 05/02/2021 19:36 PM