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.