Manchester City Warn Fans they will be banned for any Misbehavior at Old Trafford: Going to celebrate Sir Bobby’s life:
Manchester City have warned their fans that anyone who misbehaves at the upcoming derby match at Old Trafford will be banned and reported to police. This warning comes after two City fans were suspended for singing vile chants about Sir Bobby Charlton at the club’s match against Brighton last Saturday.
Charlton is a legendary Manchester United player and was part of England’s World Cup-winning team in 1966. He is widely respected throughout the football world, and his death in October 2023 was met with an outpouring of grief.
City have condemned all inappropriate or abusive behaviour, and have said that Greater Manchester Police (GMP) will be made aware of any such incidents. GMP have confirmed that a 17-year-old has been charged with a public order offence and will appear at Salford magistrates youth court on 13 November, and that a 14-year-old who was voluntarily interviewed in connection with the incident will be dealt with out of court.
United will hold a minute’s applause on Sunday to celebrate Charlton’s life, and City manager Pep Guardiola has signed Charlton’s book of condolence. Guardiola has also said that the two banned fans do not represent Manchester City, and that he has always enjoyed matches at Old Trafford and that the two clubs respect each other.
“Sir Bobby was a very special footballer and a very special person,” Guardiola said. “He was the complete professional footballer. Wherever you go in the world Sir Bobby is known and loved – he will be missed greatly.”
“I have always enjoyed matches at Old Trafford,” he said. “It is a special place and here it is special for our fans. The clubs have a good rivalry. The clubs respect each other; no big issues have happened in my eight seasons here.“
City’s warning to their fans is a timely reminder that there is no place for abuse or discrimination in football. It is important for all fans to create a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of their club affiliation.
- City have a long history of rivalry with United, and derby matches between the two clubs are often heated affairs.
- The two banned fans were identified by GMP after footage of them singing the vile chants was circulated online.
- City have said that they will work with GMP to identify any other fans who misbehave at the upcoming derby match.
- Guardiola has said that he is confident that City fans will behave themselves at the derby match, but that he understands the need to issue a warning.
- Manchester United have also issued a statement reminding their fans of the need to behave respectfully at the derby match.
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