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Europa League: Manchester United avoid UEFA action over fans' Hillsborough chants during game with Liverpool

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UEFA will take no action against Manchester United after sections of their fans were heard singing offensive chants about the Hillsborough disaster during their game with Liverpool.

United lost their last sixteen first leg 2-0 to their rivals Liverpool at Anfield, with the second leg to be played at Old Trafford on Thursday evening.

The Hillsborough disaster claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans in 1989 during their side's FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

Uefa decided to take no action as the chanting was not mentioned in the match officials' reports.

United released a statement following the game condemning the actions of any supporters who took part in the chants. The club have themselves been subjected to offensive chants about the 1958 Munich air disaster, in which 23 people, including eight players, were killed.

The chants have been widely condemned by former players from both teams, with Dion Dublin labelling them 'disgusting'.

Progress in the Europa League has taken on greater significance for both sides in recent weeks, with Liverpool losing the League Cup final to Manchester City last month.

United are in the hat for the FA Cup semi-final draw this evening, but will have to overcome West Ham in a replay, having drawn 1-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday.

For both sides a tilt at the top four is looking less likely, although City have left the door slightly ajar with their poor recent form, whilst Arsenal, in third, have also dropped points.

A Champions League spot is guaranteed for the winner of the Europa League, but with the likes of Sevilla and Dortmund potentially still lying in wait, it will not be an easy journey for whichever side makes it through.

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