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Manchester City have expressed disappointment after chants referring to the Hillsborough disaster were heard during Saturday’s Premier League game against Liverpool.

The singing occurred during the first half of the encounter at the Etihad Stadium which City won 4-1.

A club statement read: “Manchester City FC are disappointed to have heard inappropriate chants from home fans during today’s game.

Jurgen Klopp (left) and Pep Guardiola on the touchline
Jurgen Klopp (left) and Pep Guardiola’s side’s faced each other on Saturday lunchtime (Mike Egerton/PA)

“We regret any offence these chants may have caused and will continue to work with supporters’ groups and officials from both clubs to eradicate hateful chanting from this fixture.”

The matter is the latest in a series of incidents between fans of the two rival clubs in recent years.

October’s reverse fixture at Anfield was marred by similar chanting and the daubing of offensive graffiti on Liverpool property, while City’s team bus was damaged.

City’s bus was also attacked heading to a Champions League game at Anfield in 2018.