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England Fans Can’t Be Trusted… United > England

Busby BabesFebruary 6th marks the 50th Anniversary of the Munich Air disaster, where eight Manchester United players lost their lives on their return from a European Cup quarter final. Sick fans of rival clubs sing about the disaster when visiting Old Trafford and make aeroplane wings out of their arms.

United will commemorating the tragedy on derby day, with the February 10th game falling closest to the anniversary date. The City fans who are attending have been written a let from Sven reminding them that one of their former players, Frank Swift, was amongst the people who lost their lives that day, in a bid to stop the sick songs. To prevent the occasion from being spoilt, there have been suggestions of holding a one minute’s applause before kick off, instead of a more appropriate minutes silence, to drown out the possible vicious chants coming from the away end.

England are playing on February 6th and there had been talk of tribute to the Busby Babes being held. However, the FA have today announced that there will not be a minutes silence before the game, for fear England fans can’t be trusted to respect the occasion. It wasn’t long ago that a Wembley crowds watching an England team, which boasted the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and the like regularly sang “stand up if you hate Man U.” United fans are no strangers to singing anti-England songs either and last season hung a ‘United > England’ banner from the Stretford End. The fact the England national team and fans won’t be honouring our tragedy is not a real disappointment, however, it questions the state of English football fans if they cannot be trusted to behave appropriately on this day. Twenty three innocent people died in the Munich Air Disaster and I find it astonishing that there is even any doubt that people going to watch a football game can’t be relied upon not to mock those that lost their lives.

Instead of properly honouring those United players, pioneers for England in European football, Wembley will instead displays pictures of the Babes and the players will wear black armbands.

“You can stick your fuckin England up your arse!”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Mike s says:

    Spot on again scott!this is always a quality read do u write in uwS?its the same wiv the pathetic england fans booing the national anthems I really couldnt give 2 shits about them anymore,and this sums it up perfectly!

  2. JOHN SCHEMBRI says:

    Yet more proof, if ever was needed, that United stand alone in English football. Until other fans learn to respect the enormous traditions of this Blessed club, United fans shall always feel estranged from England. I, personally, like millions of others around the world, feel proud to have been a United fan all my life, and the club features as a priority in my life. England, however? Who the hell are they ………..

  3. IndianPunk says:

    yeah fuck we care abt engerland they and go to hell is all we care UTD 4 life

    anyways i aint british :)

  4. Tom F says:

    IndianPunk, English and British are not the same but hey.. I don’t care about the English team only the United players in the squad, I hope they do well away and more than anything dread them getting injuries.

  5. Salford Red. says:

    I was dead chuffed when the term “republic of mancunia” earned common usage among sussed reds. Not only does it encapuslate the very real differences that divide us and the rest of England: the fact that Manchester is a city characterized by immigration, particular catholics from Ireland and Scotland, which in past times was a point of some contention to an English state whose chosen creed was/is protestantism, and has on many occasions been a incendiary thorn in the side of political rule from london. The United>England banner was superb but apparently was taken down by the club because one person complained. Which is a shame because we should be seen to take pride in our heritege. And that means articulating the differences between ourselves and Talk-sport listening, Sun reading, tradegy mocking, quarter final bothering, ingerland fans.

  6. ben says:

    I can’t say I’m surprised by the FA, but I can’t help thinking that they would be the first to insist on a minutes silence for the ‘tradegy’ that was hillsbourgh (something easily preventable). Not that I’m cynical or anything :)


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