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Liverpool and Manchester clubs stand together to put out joint statement against incidents of racism in football

A report by Manchester Evening News states that Liverpool, Everton, Manchester United, and Manchester City have come together to put out a joint statement against acts of racism in football.

The past few weeks have seen footballers suffer a torrent of racist abuse. Racism in football, as it is in the society itself, is a deep-rooted problem, which is proving difficult to completely eradicate.

In light of this, such an effort by the two biggest cities in English football to come together and address the issues is greatly appreciated. This effort is also pretty comprehensive and comes during the Hate Crime Awareness week in Greater Manchester.

Liverpool clubs have joined teams from Manchester to put out a joint statement against racism in football.

Liverpool clubs have joined teams from Manchester to put out a joint statement against racism in football.

The clubs have joined the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, Mayor of Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram, Greater Manchester Police, and Merseyside Police, in an effort to come together and support Hate Crime Awareness Week. (h/t Sky Sports)

No room for racism

The joint statement, put out by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, mentioned that the social media abuse suffered by players in recent weeks has not gone unnoticed.

“We condemn the racist abuse that too many players, officials and supporters continue to encounter; most recently on social media platform.”

In addition to that, they put out a strong message to denote the cities’ efforts to end racism in football once and for all.

Liverpool welcome Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday. (GETTY Images)

Liverpool welcome Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday. (GETTY Images)

“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.”

It is obvious that rivalries do not, and should not, matter in such times. The statement comes at a time when two great cities face each other on the pitch this week.

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Everton play Manchester United, while Liverpool welcome Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.