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Munich ... Shut them Up!

Much has been written in the last few weeks with regards the minutes silence in Sunday's derby game. Indeed such has been the press coverage you could be mistaken for believing the minute's silence was the main feature with the game little more than a side issue.

There is little doubt in my mind that City's supporters have been set up for a fall. A full two weeks ago several discreditable newspapers were already lambasting City's support for something that they haven't done.

Yes the issue is sensitive, and the timing of the game badly planned, but to vilify a set off supporters on what may happen is nothing short of the shoddy journalism that is now rife in this country.

I know there are pockets of undesirable elements within City's support, but likewise there are elements within United's support that would like nothing more than to goad a response.

The best response from all blues if your at the game? Show your respect for those that died. Forget the goading and United's commercial exploitation of the dead. They didn't ask for that when their lives were ended at Munich.

Keep quiet and show that City are a classier outfit off the pitch than United ever could be. Most of all respect all 23 of those that died.

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Writer: Andy Leggott Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 8 2008

Time: 4:36PM

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good article....RIP to all died
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08/02/2008 17:27:00

City fans have been set up without doubt and I expect United to wind them up too. But for Football's sake observe the silence at least in the memory of Frank Swift.
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08/02/2008 20:02:00

As much as a fart and City will be slaughtered. No win situation wherever you look.
vivid blue
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08/02/2008 20:26:00

Fingers and everything crossed for this one Andy. We've got a management team and players that are easily the most talented we've taken to the swamp in years and should be able to give them a game, but the relentless focus upon City fans means it's a game most of us increasingly just want over with the club's good name intact.
Johnny Baguette
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09/02/2008 06:59:00

As a United fan I know 99% of you lot will respect the minutes silence as do most clubs when it comes to showing respect for the dead.But unfortunately every single club has its d1ck ed fans who spoil it and embarrass there club. I do think though that you have been set up for a fall by the pr1cks at the F.A.(and we all know what that should really stand for).Why couldn't they have had us at home to Fulham or Blackburn and this wouldn't be as big an issue.
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09/02/2008 10:28:00

I think you are right JB too much emphasis on this minutes silence and the mass media hysteria which has for the last month has almost guaranteed the sympathy of the unbiased fan in favour of the rags.The media without any actual proof that a disruption is intended has painted us as having no feelings for the loss of life. Sky commented on the Commemoration prior to the England game and immediately followed it with a statement by SGE (am I being patanoid here) where the inference was although small that the disruption was by a city fan. No win situation at all vivid blue.
Buzz Lightyear
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09/02/2008 10:34:00

The match has taken a back seat to this media interference of a trial by TV. How dare a Manchester City team challenge their beloved MANure. As is always the way in Derby matches, City has to be on top form,if we create chances then we have to take them. Elano, Charlie, Johnson, all not playing. When we have Elano the free kicks vary, but with Petrov who can cross a ball seems to want to bury it in the back of the net, but I cannot remember a shot on target. We have some big guys up their and they should be getting goals from decent set pieces, but not upto now they haven't. So is Onuoha fit? my personal selection HART RICHARDS DUNNE, BALL, GARRIDO HAMANN,GELSON,VASSELL,PETROV,BENJANI; Smikes,Geovanni,Sturridge,Caicedo, Sun/ohuoha (if fit). I do think however he will play Richards in the Middle, but he may well be better emplaoeyed at right back for this occasion.
Buzz Lightyear
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09/02/2008 11:11:00

Sweetleftfoot, we are all with you on that one, well said.
Buzz Lightyear
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09/02/2008 11:13:00

concentrating on the match and both teams have a very inportant atacking and defensive player missing (rooney, evra, elano, corluka), so it could be more close than peopel expect. but with all the emotions, utd's good form and city's poor form and i am predicting nothing less than a united win...but it will be close. for utd, i would choose VDS, BROWN, FERDINAND, VIDIC, SIMPSON, RONALDO, ANDERSON, SCHOLES, NANI, WELBECK, TEVEZ - kuszcack, neville, o'shea, carrick, giggs (yes, thats right, WELBECK would be in my starting XI, i dont feel giggs does enough when he is played up front - and i would prefere ronaldo on the wing)
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09/02/2008 15:23:00

I think any bellend who shouts out tomorrow, if it's a Blue, should consider the fact that doing so could galvanise the rags into raising their game considerably, let alone the home support.
Johnny Baguette
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09/02/2008 21:17:00

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10/02/2008 13:32:00

Loved the frank Swift banner - well done lads I knew you always had more class than the red scum!
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10/02/2008 20:52:00


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