Metropolitan Police have confirmed they have arrested a Manchester United fan that was spotted wearing an offensive jersey at this afternoon's FA Cup final.
An image of the individual in question was widely shared on social media, which showed him sporting a Manchester United kit with the words 'not enough, 97' emblazoned across the back.
Many felt this was a reference to the Hillsborough disaster, where 97 Liverpool supporters lost their lives as a result of poor policing at the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in 1989.
— Liverpool Photos (@LiverpoolPhotox) June 3, 2023
The image rightly sparked an outpouring of fury online, with football fans of all creeds condemning the actions of the individual involved.
Former Ireland and Liverpool striker John Aldridge was among those to criticise the kit.
Unbelievable! what’s football fan mentality come too folks !!!pity we can’t see his face What a coward !! pic.twitter.com/8fqYdSlzS0
— John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) June 3, 2023
Met Police arrest Manchester United fan at FA Cup final
Met Police would soon take to Twitter to confirm that the individual in question had been identified and was arrested 'on suspicion of a public order offence'.
#ARREST | We are aware of this and have worked proactively with officials at @wembleystadium to identify the individual.
He has been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence and taken into custody. https://t.co/PNVzEhKzgZ
— Metropolitan Police Events (@MetPoliceEvents) June 3, 2023
We are aware of this and have worked proactively with officials at Wembley Stadium to identify the individual.
He has been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence and taken into custody.
— DAVES LFC CHATS (@davesLFCchats) June 3, 2023
The mocking of the Hillsborough tragedy has been a persistent issue this season, with Liverpool supporters subjected to Hillsborough related chants on a number of occasions over the course of the campaign.
In March, Chelsea released a statement condemning the actions of their own supporters, who sang vile chants about the incident during a game at Anfield. Manchester City were forced to do something similar after a game against Liverpool at The Etihad a few weeks later.
It had been hoped that such chants were no longer part of modern football, although a minority of supporters continue to use them in a misguided attempt to antagonise opposition fans.
Incidents such as this one have no place in the game.