United Refuse To Applaud A Tragedy
A number of incredible things are happening all the time in the world. But the FA's decision not to honour the Busby Babes and City's request to applaud the Munich disaster instead of holding a minute's silence.
Their reasoning was that though the majority of their fans would respect the tribute - to be held on February 10, day of the Manchester derby at Old Trafford - there are always idiots who spoil these moments. Well, guys, next year will be Hillsborough's 20th anniversary. Do I trust our fans to respect any occasion held to honour the victims? I do.
Admitting in the press that City's travelling fans have idiots who can't respect the death of innocent people and one of their former players... this goes far beyond the usual stupidity that clubs usually display. I can't believe they actually asked to APPLAUD a plane crash in which young men lost their lives...
To their eternal credit, United refused.
'It's a solemn event,' spokesman Phil Townsend told the BBC.
'We don't think applause is the best way to commemorate the death of 23 people.
I agree... and I think most people agree. It is just obvious. Credit also must go to City though: their sponsor branding will be removed just as AIG will nowhere to be seen on our 1958 replica kit. I'm still hoping for a solemn minute's silence.