We earlier reported that Manchester City’s official supporter’s club had written to the powers-that-be at Old Trafford, asking for a minute’s applause to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster, rather than the traditional minute’s silence.
However, The Guardian now report that United are staying strong on their original decision, echoing our opinion that applause ringing out around the Theatre of Dreams was not appropriate for the occasion.
“Manchester United have given great thought to the best way of remembering those who died at Munich,” said United’s communications director, Phil Townsend. “We feel a minute’s silence is the most appropriate way of paying tribute. We do not feel that applause is appropriate given that 23 people died.”
Sadly, it appears likely that a handful of City fans will be heard during this sixty seconds, despite manager Sven-Goran Eriksson and club captain Richard Dunne both signing a letter to season-ticket holders, asking them to show their respects.