Manchester City will hold a series of behind-the-scenes meetings to respond to Monday’s repeated chants referring to the Munich air crash.
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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.