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Manchester United Investigated Over Hillsborough Chants During Europa League Matches

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Manchester United fans who thought they might escape sanctions for offensive chanting during both legs of their Europa League tie against Liverpool may not yet be in the clear as UEFA has decided that, yes, maybe they will investigate. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The two clubs also got charged with fighting, because people are idiots and do stuff like this outside of the away section.
The two clubs also got charged with fighting, because people are idiots and do stuff like this outside of the away section.
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Liverpool fans were livid when UEFA declared that Manchester United would face no sanctions for the Hillsborough chants that radiated from the away support when the two sides met at Anfield during the first leg of their Europa League Round of 16 tie. Though United's post-match statement that they did not condone the chanting seemed to be acknowledgement that it had indeed happened, UEFA chose to look the other way.

After priming both sets of fans to escalate the issues on the return leg at Old Trafford, UEFA ended up charging both clubs over various incidents of matchday disturbances, but only Liverpool emerged with an additional charge related to offensive chanting. United fans could once again be heard chanting about Hillsborough, and despite escaping initial punishment for it, UEFA have now seen fit to charge them as well.

"UEFA has recently been made aware of several reports," a UEFA statement said, "concerning alleged illicit chanting on the occasion of the UEFA Europa League ties between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC of 10 and 17 March 2016.

"As a result, a UEFA ethics and disciplinary inspector decided to investigate further and gather potential evidence. The two clubs have thus been asked to provide statements relating to the alleged incidents within 10 days."

Liverpool fans may not be overly optimistic that anything will come of this because UEFA gonna UEFA, but the fact that the governing body has seen fit to include not just the chanting from the second leg but also the chanting they'd previously dismissed from the first leg into their investigation should move the needle on the Bullshit-O-Meter from "Nothing Will Come of This" to "Cautiously Optimistic."