Man City disgraced by Sir Bobby Charlton abuse


WE know this has nothing to do with West Ham United but we were appalled to read this over at Claret and Hugh on a day when City paid tribute to its own hero Francis Lee. One often wonders what on earth goes on in this game. Report from the BBC.

Manchester City say they will take action after a “small number of individuals” were heard singing offensive chants following the death of Sir Bobby Charlton.

The Manchester United and England legend died on Saturday aged 86.

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City have condemned the chants, which were heard in some Etihad Stadium concourses during their game against Brighton on Saturday afternoon.

The club say they are “extremely disappointed” by the reports.

A statement from Manchester City said: “Manchester City FC are extremely disappointed to have learned of reports of offensive chanting from a small number of individuals about Sir Bobby Charlton in some of the concourses of Etihad Stadium during half-time of yesterday’s Premier League fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion.

“The club condemns these chants in the strongest terms and apologises unreservedly to the family and friends of Sir Bobby, and to all those at Manchester United.

“On this day of all days, when the stadium stood to pay tribute to our own legend in Francis Lee, Manchester City supporters should understand and appreciate as keenly as anyone the need for respect in our game.

“Our security team are studying CCTV footage of the concourse areas. We are thankful to those who have already come forward to report this matter.

“We continue to appeal for any information that can help us identify the individuals involved so that we can take the appropriate action to issue banning orders.”

United’s next home Premier League game will be the Manchester derby against City on Sunday 29 October.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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