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Minute of Silence Upheld at Old Trafford

I was so glad to see the capacity crowd at Old Trafford respect the minute of silence for the victims of the Munich Air Disaster this afternoon. Many people were worried that some moronic Manchester City fans would ruin the moment and jeer and howl and shout, so much so that City supporters’ groups had asked that the minute of silence be changed to a minute of applause. That request was turned down and rightly so, and I’m happy that the fans behaved in a respectful manner.

Remember, these English fans are the same ones that booed the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner at the Ricky Hatton-Floyd Mayweather boxing fight in Las Vegas in December of last year. These are the same ones who couldn’t keep their mouths shut at Wembley on Wednesday during the same kind of tribute before the England-Switzerland friendly.

English fans are well-known for their raucous actions before, during, and after matches. To be honest, I had my doubts over whether this minute of silence would be upheld by everyone. In a crowd of 75,000+ there are usually always going to be a few drunken morons whose belligerent behavior is embarrassing. But today, everyone did the right thing and I couldn’t have been more pleased to see that.

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  1. eplnfl

    February 10, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    I heard the pre-game memorial and it was moving even over the radio. Setanta in one of the worst programming decisions of all times failed to cover the event. Luckily some yahoo didn’t ruin it.

  2. Michael

    February 10, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    I saw that story on Soccernet, and it just illustrates the idiotic behavior I was worried about in the first place. Obviously whoever was behind this knew exactly when the minute of silence was going to be and chose to ruin it with these firecrackers instead of behaving with simple human dignity.

    I understand the rivalry between City and United and to be honest, these two teams should never have been scheduled to play against each other this weekend. With that said, today wasn’t about a rivalry. It was about honoring the memory of those who lost their lives in the Munich air disater. That goes above and beyond anything that can happen on the field, no matter what two teams are playing. It’s a matter of respect and behaving with human decency. All that was asked of these belligerent fools was for them to keep their mouths shut for a minute. 60 seconds! But no, someone had to light firecrackers and ruin the moment.

  3. Todd

    February 10, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    id still like to know what the explosions were…sounded like firecrackers outside of the stadium, perhaps by bitters who were to cowardly to show their face in the stadium to be disrespectful. the tickers acknowledged it when it happened but most news stories dont mention it. any ideas?

  4. Shakira Graham

    February 10, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Nice to see both sets of fans doing the right thing and honoring the victims. Maybe England fans should take this lesson to heart on how to act but I doubt it.

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