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Arsenal fans receive three-year bans for something they did against Liverpool

Arsenal fans have been handed three-year football banning orders for tragedy chanting during the FA Cup third-round defeat to Liverpool

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In a decisive move against abhorrent behaviour in football stadiums, three Arsenal fans have been handed three-year football banning orders for tragedy chanting during Arsenal’s 2-0 FA Cup third-round defeat against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on January 7.

The Gunners confirmed the bans on Thursday night, revealing that all three supporters had pleaded guilty to a section five public order offence. Arsenal’s statement emphasised their zero-tolerance approach towards such behaviour and their collaboration with the police to swiftly address the issue.

The statement from Arsenal read, “Three Arsenal supporters have each received a three-year football banning order after pleading guilty to a section five public order offence (tragedy chanting) which took place at our home fixture against Liverpool on Sunday, January 7.”

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“We strongly condemn this abhorrent behaviour. We have worked closely with the police to ensure swift action was taken and we welcome the football banning orders handed out. We have a zero-tolerance approach to tragedy chanting and will always ensure strong action is taken against those found guilty of such behaviour.”

The issue of tragedy chanting resurfaced during last weekend’s FA Cup quarter-final clash between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) announced on Wednesday that a man had been charged with Section 4a of the Public Order Act 1986 for alleged tragedy chanting during the match.

Reacting to the incident, the Football Association (FA) reiterated their condemnation of such behaviour, stating, “We are aware of the reported tragedy chanting during today’s FA Cup fixture between Manchester United and Liverpool, and we will be liaising with and supporting Greater Manchester Police.”

“We strongly condemn any offensive, abusive, and discriminatory chants in football stadiums, and we are determined to stamp this behaviour out. It is entirely unacceptable and can have a lasting and damaging impact on people and communities within our game. It must stop, and we support any club and their fans who try to eradicate this from the terraces.”

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