MAYOR of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, and Mayor of Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, join Manchester United, Everton, Manchester City and Liverpool, plus Greater Manchester Police and Merseyside Police, in issuing a joint statement condemning the racist abuse endured by multiple professional footballers in recent weeks and months.

We stand shoulder to shoulder in saying there is no room for racism, hate or any form of discrimination in our beautiful game. It should not happen and it must stop.”

This weekend Manchester United play Everton and Liverpool host Manchester City in the Premier League. It is also the culmination of Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week.

The full statement can be viewed online.


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