Manchester City issue apology following chants during Hillsborough silence

A moment of silence planned in tribute to those who lost their lives was unfortunately cut short

Paige Rutter
9th May 2022
Image: Wikimedia Commons
Liverpool FC and Manchester City graced Wembley during the semi-final of the FA cup on the 16th of April, a day after the 33rd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. To honour the 97 lost, there was a planned moment of silence before the match to commemorate the anniversary.

No doubt tensions were running high between both sides, as both teams were within reach of achieving the final. As a round of applause rang out around the stadium, fans soon fell silent as a mark of respect and remembrance. This silence was eventually broken by some Manchester City fans who decided to start chanting during this moment.

The chants were quickly followed by a roaring number of boos from the Liverpool fans, voicing how they felt by the situation. This led referee Michael Oliver to make the quick decision to cut the remembrance short due to the reaction around Wembley.

Both clubs had their say on the events which unfolded before this match, with Manchester City issuing an apology to Liverpool. “Manchester City are extremely disappointed with the actions of some City supporters during the minutes silence before today’s game. The Club sincerely apologises to all those connected with Liverpool Football Club.''

Following this both managers added their thoughts with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp stating “It felt very wrong in that moment. But this has nothing to do with City and, of course, we accept their apology.” City manager Pep Guardiola echoed the club statement by emphasising “It doesn’t represent who we are and what we want to be”.

This event did not disrupt the performance of Liverpool, with a brace from Sadio Mané and a superb Header from Konaté putting Liverpool three in front at half-time.

City responded in the second half with goals from Jack Grealish and Bernado Silva but failed to do enough to secure a place in the final. Finishing 3-2, Liverpool are within touching distance of lifting another trophy at Wembley as they face Chelsea on the 14th of May.

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