Manchester City fans have written ‘Munich’ in sky blue spray paint outside the Bishop’s Blaize down the road from the ground as well as on the walls of our Carrington training ground. After threats that City fans were going to deface the Holy Trinity statue, security guards were put in place to guard it this evening.
None of this should come as any surprise after some United fans used red spray paint to vandalise City’s match day pub, Mary D’s, with “35 years” and “Foe cunts” (in reference to former Manchester City footballer, Marc-Vivien Foe, who died in 2003). Tit for tat in terms of sick remarks.
City fans claim it’s a minority who behave like this. That goes without saying, surely, given there’s only a couple of examples of graffiti. But is it a minority of people who sing “Carlos Tevez is a blue, he hates Munichs” every week? No honest City fan could claim it’s just one or two fans when the chants are audible on MOTD every week.
Three years ago, City fans came to Old Trafford, observed the one minute’s silence to mark the 50th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, and even sang a song for Frank Swift, the former City goalkeeper who died in Munich. Only four players in the history of the club have made more appearances than Swift. It’s sad that City fans still repeatedly choose to mock United over Munich when a legend of their own died that day. No respect for their own dead, so why would we expect them to have respect for ours?
This is how it feels to be City.