LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Manchester City has strongly disapproved of the “offensive” chants directed at the late Sir Bobby Charlton during their match against Brighton and Hove Albion.
The English and Manchester United icon passed away at the age of 86 on Saturday, prompting clubs throughout the English Football League to pay their respects during the recent round of fixtures.
However, during City’s 2-1 victory over Brighton at the Etihad Stadium, a section of City fans were heard singing disrespectful chants about the 1966 World Cup champion.
According to BBC Sport, the club has now released an official statement expressing their disappointment and has committed to banning the individuals responsible for the offensive chants.
The statement reads, “The club condemns these chants in the strongest terms and offers an unreserved apology to the family and friends of Sir Bobby, as well as to all those associated with Manchester United.
“On a day when the stadium stood to honor our own legend, Francis Lee, Manchester City supporters, as much as anyone, should appreciate the importance of respect in our sport.
“Our security team is reviewing CCTV footage of the concourse areas. We are grateful to those who have come forward to report this incident.
“We continue to request any information that can assist in identifying the individuals involved so that we can take appropriate action, including issuing banning orders.”
Sir Bobby Charlton’s former club, Manchester United, will host City in the first Manchester derby of the 2023-24 Premier League season next weekend.
City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that his team will participate in a special pre-match tribute to Charlton, who scored 249 goals in 758 appearances for the Red Devils.