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    Saturday, 17 December 2022

    Man City and Liverpool officials meet to discuss fans relations before Carabao Cup clash

    Liverpool travel to the Etihad to face Manchester City in Carabao Cup fourth round on Thursday

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    Officials from Manchester City and Liverpool have met ahead of next week's Carabao Cup fourth-round tie at the Etihad Stadium to discuss improving relations between the two groups of fans.

    There have been many unpleasant incidents between fans during meetings between the two Premier League rivals in recent years.

    Liverpool's victory at Anfield in October was marred by offensive graffiti about Hillsborough written in the away district square, alongside allegations that singing about the 1989 disaster where fans died.

    City also claimed that coins were thrown at injured staff - although an investigation turned up no evidence. They also depicted that one of their buses was damaged on the way out of Anfield.

    In 2018, the Manchester City boss was attacked with bottles and other objects while playing in the Champions League quarter-finals.

    Supporters group City Matters (Manchester City's selected network of supporters) and the Liverpool Supporters Council held a meeting last month, attended by officials from both clubs, in an effort to end the controversy ahead of Thursday's Carabao Cup clash. event.

    “Over the past five or six seasons, our matches have been some of the most entertaining in the world,” said a joint statement from the groups.

    “However, we can’t ignore the recent poor behaviour from a small number of fans on both sides, which has often overshadowed the results and the quality of football on show.

    “That’s why we were pleased to sit down with both clubs to improve relations and make commitments to working together to improve fan behaviour at future matches.”

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