Police confirm arrest of man for ‘indecent chanting’ at Hillsborough disaster in front of Shrewsbury FA Cup in Liverpool | football news

Police in Merseyside confirmed that a man had been arrested before the FA Cup of Shrewsbury Town in Liverpool for “offensive chanting” about the Hillsborough disaster.

Shrewsbury Town has since condemned a small number of its fans for allegedly singing “shameful and insulting” shouts ahead of Liverpool’s 4: 1 victory in the third round of the FA Cup at Anfield.

Videos have appeared on social media showing a group of city fans singing a song about the 1989 Hillsborough disaster that killed 97 Liverpool supporters.

A Merseyside police statement said: “We arrested the men after a group of men chanted shamefully before the Liverpool vs. Shrewsbury match on Sunday 9 January.

“At 1:30 p.m., police approached a group of men shouting curses in reference to the Hillsborough disaster at the 97th Avenue Anfield Road junction.

“An 18-year-old man from Shrewsbury has been arrested on suspicion of a public order offense.

“He has now been released pending further investigation and has been ordered to resolve a community issue that Merseyside police are questioning.”

Chief Superintendent Paul White said: “Merseyside police are aware that any offensive chanting and behavior was committed by a very small minority of supporters yesterday and would like to thank the vast majority of fans of both clubs for their cooperation.

“Merseyside police are investigating the incident and police are conducting an extensive CCTV investigation to identify anyone involved.

“It is vital that anyone who witnesses such offenses report them immediately to the stewards or the police so that we can take the necessary measures.”

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