FA contact Liverpool and Man Utd over relations

The Football Association have decided to take the step of writing to Liverpool and Manchester United ahead of the FA Cup fourth round tie, The Independent reports.

Relations between the two Premier League sides are frosty at the current moment after Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been charged with racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. The incident occurred in the 1-1 draw back in October and Suarez’s return is in the league game at Old Trafford two weeks after the FA Cup tie. Tensions are running high as always between both sets of supporters and the FA intend to make sure managers Kenny Dalglish and Sir Alex Ferguson do not make any comments which will make the game even more hostile.

Liverpool have given Manchester United around 6,000 tickets for the game at Anfield following discussions with Merseyside police and the city council. The FA will have an official crowd observer at the game to stop any trouble from fans after a Liverpool fan was arrested on suspicion of racially abusing Oldham defender Tom Adeyemi in Friday’s FA Cup tie. As well as the letter, English football’s governing body plan to speak individually with the two sides in order to try and calm things down before the game scheduled to be played on either the 28th or 29th January.

Reds managing director Ian Ayre made an early move to take the sting out of the fixture, stating: ‘With all that’s gone on, people will talk about it and talk about it, but I think the most important thing for us is to make sure that we make it a great day and a great game’.

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