The four Premier League clubs from Manchester and Liverpool have come together for Hate Crime Awareness Week.
This weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures will see the sides from the two great cities face off, as Manchester United welcome Everton to Old Trafford on Saturday, while Manchester City will travel to Liverpool on Sunday.
The first week of February has been Hate Crime Awareness week in Greater Manchester and the four clubs have come together to condemn racist abuse.
A statement from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority read: “Our four great North West clubs are united with the Mayors of Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region, and both Greater Manchester Police and Merseyside Police.
“We condemn the racist abuse that too many players, officials and supporters continue to encounter, most recently on social media platforms.
“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 comes after a recent torrent of racist abuse directed at players on social media following matches.
United pair Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial were targeted for abhorrent abuse following the 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United, and racists then took aim at Marcus Rashford after the following fixture, a goalless draw with Arsenal.
Then it was made three matches in succession after United’s 9-0 demolition of Southampton, with teenage debutant Alex Jankewitz being abused after his early red card.