Manchester City issued a statement regarding the offensive chants on the demise of Sir Bobby Charlton by some City fans. Sir Bobby Charlton died on Saturday. However, the club are also appealing for help from fellow supporters who sang the offensive chants online. The English and Manchester United legend was a part of 1966 World Cup winning side. Moreover, he also won a European Cup, the FA Cup and three league titles. The news of his death came during the match between Brighton and Man City at the Etihad Stadium.
In a statement to Manchester Evening, City have announced,
“Manchester City are extremely disappointed to have learned of reports of offensive chanting from a small number of individuals about Sir Bobby Charlton in some of the concourses of Etihad Stadium during half time of yesterday’s Premier League fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion.
“The club condemns these chants in the strongest terms, and apologises unreservedly to the family and friends of Sir Bobby, and to all those at Manchester United.
“On this day of all days, when the stadium stood to pay tribute to our own legend in Francis Lee, Manchester City supporters should understand and appreciate as keenly as anyone the need for respect in our game.
“Our security team are studying CCTV footage of the concourse areas. We are thankful to those who have already come forward to report this matter. We continue to appeal for any information that can help us identify the individuals involved, so that we can take the appropriate action to issue banning orders.
“Fans who see or hear abusive behaviour are encouraged to text 0770 0151 894. It will make our dedicated security team aware of what they have witnessed.”
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