Merseyside Police have confirmed that a man was arrested for ‘abusive chanting’ about the Hillsborough disaster ahead of the FA Cup draw from Shrewsbury Town to Liverpool.
Shrewsbury Town has since condemned a small number of their fans for allegedly singing “vile and offensive” chants ahead of Liverpool’s 4-1 FA Cup third round victory at Anfield.
Videos have emerged on social media appearing to show a group of Town fans singing a song about the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 which left 97 Liverpool supporters dead.
A Merseyside Police statement read: ‘We arrested a man after a group of men chanted name calling before the Liverpool vs Shrewsbury game on Sunday 9 January.
At approximately 1:30 p.m., officers approached a group of men shouting name-calling referring to the Hillsborough disaster at the Anfield Road junction on 97 Avenue.
“An 18-year-old man from Shrewsbury has been arrested on suspicion of disturbing public order.
“He has now been released pending further investigation and has received a community resolution order which Merseyside Police are challenging.”
Chief Superintendent Paul White said: “Merseyside Police are aware that offensive chanting and behavior was committed by a very small minority of supporters yesterday and would like to thank the overwhelming majority of fans at both clubs for their cooperation.
“Merseyside Police are investigating this incident and officers are carrying out numerous CCTV investigations to identify anyone involved.
“It is vital that anyone who witnesses such breaches immediately reports them to flight attendants or the police, so that we can take appropriate action.”