Monday, September 02, 2013

Liverpool football club issue apology after Twitter gaffe appears to mock Munich air disaster

English soccer rivalries are serious stuff

Liverpool have issued an apology after the club's official Twitter account appeared to endorse a 'joke' about the Munich air disaster.

On Thursday evening, the club's social media team invited supporters to recommend a song that should be played as the Liverpool players walk out on to the Anfield turf to face Manchester United on Sunday.

One supporter suggested Frank Sinatra's Come Fly With Me and Eric Idle's Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, in reference to the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of 23 people - including eight Manchester United players - in Munich in 1958.

The tragedy happened on 6 February 1958, when the plane bringing Manchester United players and staff and journalists crashed after attempting to take off in wintery conditions following a refuelling stop in Munich.

Twenty-three people - including eight United players - died and many, including manager Matt Busby, were seriously injured.

United fans have made references to the Hillsborough disaster, where 96 Liverpool fans died in tragic circumstances.


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