Fergie praise for city gesture
Published 27/09/2011 | 05:00
Alex Ferguson has praised Manchester City's decision to lay a commemorative wreath in Munich to mark the loss suffered following the plane crash in the German city in February 1958 which killed 23 people, including eight Manchester United players.
With City set to face Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in the Champions League tonight, a senior City delegation will visit a memorial before laying a wreath, offering the club's sympathy for 'Manchester's loss', in a move which has earned widespread acclaim for easing the escalating tension between supporters.
The tragedy at Munich also claimed the life of Frank Swift, the former City and England goalkeeper, who had travelled to United's fateful European Cup tie against Red Belgrade in his role as a reporter.
City's clash against Bayern will be the club's first competitive fixture in Munich and senior figures, led by chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak, have sanctioned the gesture.
United manager Ferguson says the Old Trafford club are appreciative of City's tribute.
"It's refreshing," Ferguson said. "We appreciate that from Manchester City. Of course, one of their former players (Swift) was killed in the crash, but it's a sign the game is not as bad as sometimes we think.
"Sometimes the supporters' contribution is not nice, but we appreciate that."