City to meet over ‘Munich’ chants

The Blues hierarchy have resisted the temptation to issue a
knee-jerk response after the chants during City’s 1-0 win at
Blackburn, preferring instead to adopt a measured approach to a
particularly tricky problem. Chief executive Garry Cook is acutely
aware the club have worked tirelessly to eradicate such chanting in
recent times and have taken out banning orders against supporters
caught on camera making aeroplane gestures, in reference to the
crash in February 1958 when 20 people, including eight Manchester
United players, died following a refuelling stop in Munich.
However, there remains a section of the City support who are
undeterred by such action, with some going online on Monday night
to defend their use of the term “Munichs” as a collective to
describe United supporters as a whole, arguing it is not an
offensive term. In a week when an emotional film highlighted what
happened that fateful day was shown by the BBC – which in itself
drew stinging criticism from the family of former United boss Sir
Matt Busby – the chants are only going to fuel ill-feeling between
the two Manchester clubs, who are on track to meet in next season’s
Community Shield curtain-raiser at Wembley in August. City’s
discussions seem certain to result in further calls to end chanting
relating to the Munich crash, in the hope it can be avoided when
they take part in the FA Cup final against Stoke on May 14.