Maurizio Sarri has urged Chelsea supporters to respect Liverpool’s tributes to the Hillsborough victims this weekend.
Liverpool host Chelsea in Sunday’s Premier League action at Anfield, the day before the 30th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.
In a week when three Chelsea supporters were denied entry to the Blues’ Europa League clash at Slavia Prague on Thursday for their involvement in a social media video racially abusing Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, head coach Sarri believes the fans will pay their rightful respects.
“I think it’s really a very good opportunity for our fans,” said Sarri. “I didn’t want to speak about the video because, as I said, I didn’t see it, so it’s not right in my opinion to speak about something you don’t know.
“But for our supporters it’s a great opportunity. I’m sure that 99 per cent of our fans will have a very great day in Liverpool.”
Fans at Anfield will reveal special mosaics on Sunday, while both teams will wear black armbands and tributes will be displayed on LED boards surrounding the pitch.