In recent years, the issue of inappropriate chanting and behavior during football matches has come to the forefront of public discussion. Tragedy chanting, referencing past tragedies or disasters to gain a competitive advantage, is a particularly egregious form of behavior.
The Rise of Discriminatory Chanting in Football: A Call for Action
During the recent Liverpool vs. Manchester United match, fans of Manchester United engaged in tragedy chanting related to the Hillsborough disaster, a fatal human crush in football history, although the match had no connection to the tragedy. This type of behavior is not only disrespectful to the victims and their families but also detracts from the sport itself– creating an unpleasant and hostile environment for all involved.
According to The Athletic, Ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, and his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp issued a joint statement ahead of the Premiere League game, urging all the fans to stop chanting about tragedies.
Ten Hag voiced: “The rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool is one of the greatest in world football. We all love the passion of the fans when our teams meet, but there are lines that should not be crossed.”
Further, he said, “It is unacceptable to use the loss of life— in any relation to any tragedy— to score points, and it is time for it to stop.”
Along with chanting about tragedies, homophobic and other forms of discriminatory chanting have also become more common in football games, sparking controversy and backlash.
Football organizations and authorities need to be more active in fostering a fan culture that values inclusivity and respect to address these problems. Examples of such actions include public service announcements (PSAs), social media campaigns, and signage and announcements inside stadiums.
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