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Manchester City To Lay Commemorative Wreath To Mark Munich Air Disaster

Etihad Stadium club make commendable gesture to Old Trafford rivals.

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Manchester City will lay a wreath at the memorial to the Munich air crash tomorrow.

City are in Germany for their Champions League encounter with Bayern Munich and are keen to pay their respects to the 23 people who died in the crash.

A delegation of Blues officials, led by long-serving secretary Bernard Halford, will pay their respects.

The plane, carrying the Manchester United team, club officials and journalists back from a European Cup tie against Red Star Belgrade, crashed at the Munich-Reim airport on February 6, 1958.

Legendary Blues keeper Frank Swift, who became a journalist at the end of his playing career, was also killed.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson welcomed the gesture.

He said: “I think it’s refreshing. We appreciate that from Manchester City and of course one of their own former players was killed in the crash.

“It shows the game is not as bad as we often think. If that’s the case, well done.”

This poignant act comes in direct contrast to the shameful scenes at last week’s Carling Cup tie between Manchester United and Leeds United at Elland Road.

The Whites taunted their rivals about the Munich Air Disaster by singing songs, while the Red Devil fans responded by mocking the deaths of two Leeds fans in Istanbul.

The two sides clashed outside the ground where arrests were made and many were injured.

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