Jooneyisdagod posted :- "In no way am I condoning violence and I desperately hope it doesn't happen but I sure as fuck wish and actually I know that Anfield will be an absolute cauldron on the day."
I know that mate - I know that. I also know that there'll be thousands going to the game who may NOT share your/my/our hopes on the day - and they're the fuckers that worry me.
I would want Anfield no other way for an FA Cup clash between our two great clubs - and let's get that said here. We ARE great clubs with a long and proud tradition which ARE the envy of the rest in truth. But with these smouldering undertones, I really do fear the football will be secondary on the day
Johnno you know you are universally respected here and for a Man Utd fan that is an amazing feat!
I think you're right in general - the whole situation needs defusing.
The whole affair has been dealt with very badly by all parties - LFC have made mistakes, and I think the FA made mistakes too.
As much as I think it needs to be taken down a notch, the atmosphere between our clubs has well and truly degenerated to Celtic - Rangers levels of unmitigated hatred and it makes it even more squalid that the whole issue of racism has become entangled into it.
I really don't see what steps can be taken to take it down a notch.
Even if Reds resolved not to target their anger on Evra, you'd have 6000 Salfordians screaming the worst things about Suarez to get a rise and response.
This game is going to get very ugly. Don't take this defensively. But I do think that there is a contingent in your support that wants to escalate things, and that is the problem - even if Dalglish gave a speech like Mahatma Gandhi, and Evra and Suarez shook hands, and everyone asked for calm, there would still be elements that will ignore it and that can spark something volatile.