City plea to fans: Respect Munich dead


Last updated at 07:47 10 January 2008

Manchester City manager Sven Goran Eriksson

has begged supporters not to sully the club's

name when they travel to Old Trafford for the

Barclays Premier League game against

Manchester United that follows next month's 50th

anniversary of the Munich air disaster.

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As both clubs gear up for what is set to be one of

the most emotional afternoons of the season, City

have followed their neighbours' lead by revealing

that they will wear a specially commissioned strip

for the game — without sponsorship logos.

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Eriksson and City's club captain, Richard Dunne,

have put their names to a letter that

will be sent out

to the 3,000 City

fans who are

receiving tickets for the

game on February 10.

Coming just four days after the

anniversary of the tragedy, there

are fears within both clubs that a

minority of City fans may disrupt

the minute's silence before the

1.30pm Sunday kick-off.

Former City goalkeeper Frank

Swift — by then a newspaper

journalist — died in the crash and

the letter reads: "Prior to this

game, the 50th Anniversary of the

Munich air disaster will be

marked with a special


"Many supporters will already

be aware that Manchester City

lost one of our own in the

tragedy, goalkeeper Frank


"Twenty-two players, staff

and journalists also lost their


"We ask that all supporters

uphold the good name of Manchester City and

respectfully support the commemorations which

will also be attended by friends and family of the

victims including Frank Swift's family."

United's players will wear a special 1950s kit for the

game that will not carry names, squad numbers or

sponsors' logos.

City will also wear a strip devoid

of branding. It will have names and squad

numbers but will also have a black ribbon

incorporated in to the design. Neither kit will be

reproduced for public sale.

Captain Gary Neville scored a spectacular goal on

his comeback after injury for United reserves last

night. Neville, who has been out for nine months,

played 45 minutes against Everton.