A Manchester United fan has been arrested after he was pictured wearing a shirt that appeared to be mocking the Hillsborough disaster. The supporter was attending the FA Cup 2023 final at Wembley.
Manchester City beat Erik Ten Hag and co 2-1.
The supporter, who has not been identified by the Metropolitan Police Department was wearing a shirt that read ’97 Not Enough’. His picture went viral on social media.
The shirt appears to be a reference to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster when 97 Liverpool fans died after a crush in an over-crowded Sheffield Stadium.
“We are aware of this and have worked proactively with officials at @wembleystadium to identify the individual. He has been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence and taken into custody,” the Met Police Department said on Saturday.
Only earlier this year, Chelsea fans were heard chanting about the Hillsborough disaster in a game at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool called for an end to the ‘vile chants’.
“We know the impact these vile chants have on those who continue to suffer as a result of football tragedies. For their sake, this has to stop,” Liverpool tweeted in April. Chelsea apologized and said “hateful chanting has no place in football”.
Man United and Liverpool managers, Erik Ten Hag and Jurgen Klopp, also made pleas to supporters ahead of the two teams’ clash in March. ‘Tragedy chanting’ has come up as an issue in the Premier League with opponents mocking the other team’s tragedies.
Five years after a probe blamed police for the Hillsborough disaster former Bishop of Liverpool James Jones, the UK’s National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and College of Policing apologized.
“Policing has profoundly failed those bereaved by the Hillsborough disaster over many years and we are sorry that the service got it so wrong,” chief constable Andy Marsh, CEO of the College of Policing, said in a statement.
“Police failures were the main cause of the tragedy and have continued to blight the lives of family members ever since.”