Ex-Premier League official demands action after FA statement on 'abhorrent' Liverpool development
Keith Hackett has called for action after a statement from the Football Association in relation to Hillsborough chants aimed at Liverpool fans.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Fifa and Premier League official said authorities need to “at least try” to stop fans from engaging in such behaviour.
In a statement (2 November), the FA revealed concerns over a “rise of abhorrent chants in stadiums” relating to the Hillsborough disaster of 1989.
The governing body backed clubs and supporters to try and stamp out such behaviour from the game.
As reported by the Guardian (2 November), Labour MP Ian Byrne, a survivor of the Hillsborough tragedy, condemned the chants in a letter to the Premier League last week.
He said the chants had now become “incessant” and a “weekly occurrence” at games involving Liverpool.
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When asked by Football Insider if rival fans should be banned from travelling to Liverpool if they are heard to be engaging in such chants, Hackett said: “The fans are effectively banned in Europe when that happens.
“I think there is a precedent there.
“It is very difficult to control but at least try.”
Writing to the Premier League’s chief executive Richard Masters, Liverpool West Derby MP Ian Byrne said: “I cannot stress the detrimental impact these chants are having on the families of the 97, the survivors and their families.
“Enough really is enough and we need actions now from the Premier League and all football clubs involved to ensure that this stops.”