City have kit branding removed for Manchester derby next month

Last updated at 10:45 09 January 2008

Manchester City's shirt sponsors and manufacturer will have their branding

removed from the kit worn in the Munich anniversary derby on February 10 at Old


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The decision by Thomas and Le Coq Sportif came after talks between the companies and the supporters.

Producing a kit that will incorporate a black ribbon of remembrance is just one

of the initiatives City have adopted ahead of the match against Manchester


Other plans for the joint marking of the 50th anniversary of the tragedy on

February 6 are expected to be announced shortly.

City spokesman Paul Tyrrell said: "After discussions with the Official Supporters Club and the Centenary Supporters Association both Thomas Cook and Le Coq Sportif offered to remove branding from the shirts.

"Le Coq are happy to produce a unique kit for the occasion."

All 3,000 City fans who get a ticket for the game will receive a letter from

manager Sven Goran-Eriksson and skipper Richard Dunne as well as a picture of

goalkeeper-turned-journalist Frank Swift, who died in the plane crash.

Eriksson asks all supporters to "uphold the good name of Manchester City and

respectfully support the commemorations."