Liverpool & Manchester United fans lauded despite reports of controversial 'victim' chants

As fans observed the ceremonies to mark the developments of justice for those who suffered as a result of the Hillsborough disaster, both sets of supporters have been thanked

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has praised the fans of both the Reds and Manchester United following the intense clash at Anfield.

There have been reports of small sets of fans singing "you're always the victim, it's never your fault" after the game, although some United fans have claimed that this was in reference to the Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra controversy of last season, which was seemingly finally put to bed with a pre-match handshake, and not the Hillsborough disaster, commemorated before the game.

Ayre, speaking to the club's official website, has nonetheless commended the behaviour from both clubs throughout the game, declaring: "A lot is written about the fierce rivalry between the two clubs - and it is a great rivalry - but people forget to mention that in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, Sir Alex Ferguson was one of the first to phone Kenny.

"He asked if there was anything Manchester United could do to help and even arranged for a group of their fans to come and lay scarves and flowers at Anfield as a mark of respect. It's something that Kenny has never forgotten.

"Manchester United are not alone, though. Ever since the Hillsborough Independent Panel's report was released, the reaction from the entire football community has been magnificent.

"We all saw what Everton and their supporters did on Monday night and while they're obviously a lot closer to the tragedy than many clubs, I've found the response from all over the UK and even abroad very touching and I'm sure the families and our wider fanbase would agree with that.

"I know a lot of other clubs played 'You'll Never Walk Alone' before kick-off and even saw a picture from the Welsh league with fans of Port Talbot Town holding up a banner in support of justice.

"This sport can get a lot of bad press at times, and some rightly deserved, but when it matters, the football community pulls together and over the last 10 days we've seen that.

"On behalf of everyone at Liverpool Football Club, I just want to say: Thank you."

UPDATE 20.25: Sky Sports News has since broadcast video footage appearing to show "you're always the victim, it’s never your fault" and "murderers, murderers" chants inside Anfield prior to Manchester United supporters being allowed to leave the stadium.