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Trouble breaks out at Leeds v Liverpool; chants and gestures condemned

Trouble breaks out at Leeds v Liverpool with numerous chants condemned and criticism made towards the gestures made by fans.

Mohamed Salah scored his 100th goal in the Premier League, and strikes from Sadio Mane and Fabinho was enough to secure all three points for the Reds.

Harvey Elliott, 18, was stretched off with a serious leg injury after a challenge from Pascal Struijk. Liverpool added later on Sunday that the former Fulham teenager had been discharged from hospital but will need surgery in the coming days.

Leeds fans were allegedly heard chanting ‘always the victims’ as Elliott left the Elland Road turf on a stretcher, according to respected journalist James Pearce.

In a game that was going good from a Liverpool perspective, Elliott suffered an injury which is bound to sideline him for several months.

After a challenge from Pascal Struijk, Elliott stayed on the floor with his teammates visibly concerned for his welfare, flagging on the medical team, and some players had heads in their hands.

Elliott was treated on the field of play after leaving on a stretcher, with Struijk having been sent off, likely as a result of the severity of the injury rather than the challenge.

As Elliott laid on the turf in excruciating pain, some Leeds fans didn’t appear to have much sympathy.

As reported by The Athletic’s James Pearce, the Leeds fans could be heard singing ‘always the victims’, which seemed rather inappropriate all things considered.

Some fans were also spotted on video trying to gesture ’96’, the number in which was the amount of lives lost in the Hillsborough disaster.

Leeds supporters aren’t exactly the only guilty party in their actions during the game, as Kopites in the away end retaliated, making obscene gestures of their own.

Now statement was released on the trouble, chants and gestures as it breaks out at Leeds v Liverpool but it was condemned so much on Twitter that it was trending…


@RiMeLFC: And straight away the Hillsborough chants get rolled out… Fucking Leeds scum

@64_bit20: Hillsborough shouts but they’ll cry if you mention the name of a meat you have on your Christmas dinner the big Yorkshire puddings

@FTBL_Tyler: kick it out are all over us when we sing a rent boy chant but i’ll bet we’ll have no word on leeds fans singing hillsborough slurs at an 18 year old being stretchered off the pitch with a broken leg

@ChrisWPhysio: Of course the Leeds fans respond with an audible Hillsborough chant…a kid has a serious injury and they respond with that. Classless

@ScouseSocialism: The Hillsborough chants are bad at any time from any fanbase, but when they come from a club that’s literally in the same county as the coppers who covered it up, it’s absolutely vile.

@BWFC74: Typical from Leeds fans. Sooner they’re back in their place the better.

@noneshall_pass: Leeds yobs not a surprise really, but the rest of them at least showed some class.

@TAlanHol: That’s really shit. Don’t understand some fans.

@MrNotSoHERO: Disgusted by the Leeds fans surrounding this injury. Poor lad.

@Kathryn_B87: Was pleasantly surprised that at least some of them applauded him off. It was so clearly a potentially very serious injury, the booing and jeering just baffles me.

@ImEdVegas: From a Leeds fan, those singing that are nob heads! Proper fans wish him a speedy and healthy recovery.


@LeedsEverywhere: You won’t see @SkySportsNews reporting on this though… can’t hurt their precious “Big 6”

@Guggsey: Ugly scenes from a small section of fans of both clubs today. If you can’t go the match with your mates without acting like this, then don’t bother. Plenty of time for banter between fans, but anyone mocking murder, fans dying, tragedies & sexuality needs fucking off.

@delwright21: Used to think all these fan bases that said Liverpool fans always the victims were just copying each other, After today my views have changed

@MickCordukes: Disgraceful that. I’m all for banter and rivalry at football but to make fun of people that were stabbed to death going to a football match is vile. Should ban him for life from every football ground.

@TWregistalfc: Asking this out of interest. Why did the FA come down heavily on Liverpool fans chanting at Billy Gilmour but never even mention it when crowds chant about Munich and Hillsborough multiple times throughout the season? Both shouldn’t be happening but there’s a selective response

Player ratings

Leeds: Meslier (6), Ayling (6), Firpo (6), Cooper (5), Llorente (6), Dallas (5), Phillips (7), Harrison (5), Raphinha (6), Rodrigo (5), Bamford (6)

Subs: Roberts (6), Struijk (5), James (5)

Liverpool: Alisson (7), Alexander-Arnold (8), Robertson (7), Van Dijk (8), Matip (7), Fabinho (8), Thiago (8), Elliott (8), Mane (6), Jota (7), Salah (7)

Subs: Henderson (7), Oxlade-Chamberlain (6)

Man of the match: Thiago

Jurgen Klopp said: “It’s a bad injury to his ankle. I heard it was dislocated so we could put it back and he’s now in hospital. We have to wait, obviously. He played an incredible game and is an incredible player who is out.

“Do I want such a young boy early in his career to have this experience? No, but now it’s the case so we have to be there and we will be there. We’ll play football without him but we will wait for him as well because obviously he’s a top player.

“I saw the situation and I saw immediately the extent as I could see his foot was not in the right place. That’s why we were shocked.”

Marcelo Bielsa said: “Pascal recovered the ball. The action to get the ball didn’t have an infraction, but I have the feeling that the movement of the rest of his body after he recovered the ball made him hit Elliott.

“These types of recoveries of the ball are totally frequent. The difference here was Pascal’s speed and power hit the opponent and that caused the injury.

“I regret dearly that such a young player who was playing at a high level was interrupted through this. I hope he is able to get back.

“For me the referee decides. He has enough resources to make the decision and I don’t know why the decision wasn’t immediate and it was after. But I never like to condition the decisions the referee makes.”

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