Manchester City Football Club issued a strong condemnation of offensive chants which were reported to have marred the atmosphere at Etihad Stadium during halftime of Saturday’s Premier League match against Brighton shortly after receiving news of Sir Bobby Charlton’s passing; shortly before hearing that Manchester United fans had also participated.
They extended their sincerest condolences to his family as well as those responsible, promising strict action. Also read our article on premier league stories.
Sir Bobby Charlton has received widespread mourning since his passing at age 86, earning widespread homage and condolences from around the globe.
Charlton was an iconic figure within both Manchester United and England football history, playing a pivotal role in helping England claim the 1966 World Cup while leading Manchester United to great success during his time – most notably by winning European Cup 1968 with them.
Manchester City FC issued the following statement in response to reports of offensive chanting by an “isolated group” at halftime during Saturday’s match against Brighton and Hove Albion at Etihad Stadium:
“Manchester City strongly condemns such actions in the strongest terms and extends our sincerest apology to Sir Bobby Charlton, his family, friends, as well as everyone associated with Manchester United for any inconvenience caused by such conduct.
Timing was particularly significant: This incident took place hours after Manchester City fans had come together at Etihad Stadium to honor Francis Lee, one of their legendary players, and issue a statement emphasizing the need for respect among players in football.
To address this problem, the club’s security team is reviewing CCTV footage of the concourse areas and encouraging individuals with knowledge on offensive chants to come forward and share them. Their goal is to identify those responsible and take any necessary actions (including banning orders).
The Premier League itself has taken action, expressing shock and disapproval at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium game where chants about Sir Bobby Charlton were heard.
They welcomed Manchester City’s initiative of gathering information on those responsible, while offering full support in any subsequent actions taken against those involved by Manchester City.
Etihad Stadium serves as a timely reminder of the importance of sportsmanship and respect within football, especially during times of tribute and remembrance.
While football mourns Sir Bobby Charlton’s passing away, all should focus on remembering his legacy without undermining it with unseemly acts.