Writer: Andy Leggott
Date:Wednesday December 12 2007
City have revealed that they will wear a commemorative shirt in respect of the 50th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaaster.
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Now reading comments on other sites, blue and red, it seems as if City have put themselves in a damned if you do damned if you don't type of spot.
The ability of the club to shoot itself in the foot, or so it seems, is still part of the ongoing farce that is 'typical City'.
Forgetting for a moment the crass planning of the football authorities for scheduling such a fixture on an emotive week for some yoonited supporters; why oh why have City taken it upon themselves to respond to yoonited's decision to wear a different kit to commemorate the occasion?
Criticism has rightly come from all quarters, with issues being raised that range from hypocrisy on City's part to mutual glorification of the disaster.
I wish that if City wished to make a gesture it would be the simple wearing of black arm bands, as they do already when showing respect for any club that is showing respect for the dead in a fixture involving us.
The Old Trafford derby is already descending into the type of farce most blues predicted when the fixtures came out. Whatever City as a club, or their supporters do, they will receive phenomanal levels of criticism.
There are undoubtedly elements inside Old Trafford who are secretly relishing the scheduling of this fixture. It will allow them to play victim again and use the moronic chants of a few to paint their labels on the vast majority of City supporters.
The best suggestion I have seen to date is for the 3000 or so blues officially present to stay in the bar and raise a glass in respect. Let yoonited have their wake but don't let them goad us with aeroplanne gestures and chants about Heysel, Hillsbrough and Istanbul.
As for the club; forget commemorative shirts, it'll simply be used against us. Let the players wear black armbands and respect the minutes silence. There is more to be gained in being simply respectful rather than joining any celebration of death.
Date:Wednesday December 12 2007
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