In the official statement rolled out today, both rival clubs called on their fans to help eradicate any offensive or discriminatory behaviour ahead of the game that will likely be seen by an estimated 700 million people in over 200 countries.
Here’s the statement in full:
Both clubs, their supporters and football fans around the world are looking forward to this historic and passionate match between two of the sport’s biggest and oldest rivals. There is great rivalry between our fans and we ask all supporters to be respectful and help eradicate all forms of offensive and discriminatory behaviour from the game likely to be seen by an estimated 700 million people in over 200 countries around the world. If any supporters are found to be engaged in any form of offensive or discriminatory behaviour by stewards or via CCTV then they will be immediately removed from the stadium, risk arrest, prosecution and be reported in accordance with the club’s ground regulations. This is an unrivalled fixture in the Premier League calendar and we thank all fans for their continued support in this important area of the game.