Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp respond to silence disruption in Man City vs Liverpool FC
Pep Guardiola said the Manchester City fans who sang through a minute’s silence for the victims of the Hillsborough disaster did not represent what the club stand for.
A small minority of City fans disrupted the silence before the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool, which came a day after the 33rd anniversary of the disaster. City have released a statement condemning the fans involved and Guardiola backed that up, offering his own apology to Liverpool and distancing the club from those supporters.
“We can only apologise, it doesn’t represent who we want to be. We stand alongside Liverpool Football Club. The statement represents who we are,” said Guardiola.
Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool accepted that apology and also stressed that he knows those fans involved are not representative of City as a club.
“Of course [we accept the apology],” he said. “We never thought this is Man City, some people didn’t understand the situation and that’s not nice. It felt really wrong at that moment but it’s nothing to do with City.”
A City club statement said: “Manchester City are extremely disappointed with the actions of some City supporters during the minute’s silence before today’s game. The club sincerely apologises to all those connected with Liverpool Football Club.”