Man City ban two young fans over video of sick Sir Bobby Charlton chant being sung when his death was announced, after scouring CCTV footage to find them before Sunday’s Manchester derby
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Manchester City have identified and banned two supporters after they appeared in a video mocking the death of Sir Bobby Charlton.
The news of Charlton’s passing was announced at half-time of City’s weekend victory over Brighton and the pair were seen singing offensive chants about the Manchester United legend.
City were quick to condemn the scenes on an Etihad Stadium concourse before the Premier League released an unprecedented statement after being left ‘appalled’ by the fans’ actions.
The young supporters, who cannot be named due to their age, are facing a police probe. City identified them by reviewing CCTV footage from the afternoon.
‘Manchester City can confirm that two minors have been identified in connection with the vile chanting heard at the Etihad Stadium,’ a club statement read.
Manchester City fans have identified and banned two young supporters who sang offensive songs about Sir Bobby Charlton’s passing during their 2-1 win over Brighton on Saturday
The Manchester United and England icon sadly passed away on Saturday, aged 86
Man City have said the young fans are now subject of a Greater Manchester Police probe
‘The individuals in question have subsequently been suspended from attending all home or away fixtures and their details have been shared with Greater Manchester Police who are investigating the matter.
‘Following the conclusion of Greater Manchester Police’s ongoing investigation, the individuals will be subject to the club’s official sanctions and bans process.’
The bans should act as a deterrent for those travelling to Sunday’s derby at Old Trafford. United are confident that tributes planned at the weekend will not be stained by fan behaviour and are set to hold a minute’s applause ahead of kick off.
There is hope that Charlton, who died at the age of 86, will be respected in the same way as the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster, which coincided with the derby in February 2008.
An outpouring of tributes to the Manchester United and England icon have been placed at Old Trafford since the news was shared by his family
Charlton lifts the European Cup in 1968 after Manchester United defeated Benfica to become the first English side to win the competition
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