Updated: Saturday, 19th October 2019 @ 5:05pm

'I hope he gets cancer again and dies': Disgusting fans abuse Manchester United and Liverpool referee on Twitter

'I hope he gets cancer again and dies': Disgusting fans abuse Manchester United and Liverpool referee on Twitter

By Dean Wilkins

Disgusting football fans sent messages of abuse to cancer-survivor Mark Halsey after he was put in charge of Manchester United’s clash against Liverpool yesterday.

The 51-year-old referee was diagnosed with throat cancer three years ago but returned to the game in March 2010 – despite his agonising recovery, some fans still felt compelled to abuse him after sending off Liverpool’s Jonjo Shelvey for a two-footed challenge against Jonny Evans.

Halsey also rewarded United a penalty after Antonio Valencia was brought down in the area – Robin van Persie banished any spot-kick ghosts to convert confidently and seal a 2-1 win.

A tweet posted from account @johnwareing1, which has now been deleted, read: "I hope Mark Halsey gets cancer again and dies."

And @lfcjohn259, who has now apologised, said: "Mark Halsey should've died of cancer."

Angry supporters slammed both users for the messages that marred what was overall a positive game for both sets of fans.

Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez put aside their differences to shake hands before the tie, while United fans applauded tributes shown to the 96 fans who died 23 years ago.

But the game ended with small groups of supporters from both clubs chanting songs that mocked Munich and Hillsborough.

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