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Ferguson wants minute's silence to mark Munich air crash

sports Updated: Jan 26, 2008 22:02 IST

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson wants a minute's silence to mark the 50th anniversary next month of the Munich air crash that killed eight United players despite fears the silence could be disrupted by Manchester City supporters.

Four days after the February 6 anniversary, the crosstown rivals meet at Old Trafford in the Premier League and tributes are planned before the match.

A City supporters group called on United to change the silence to a minute's applause in case some of the City fans go to the game to disrupt its neighbor's tributes.

However, Ferguson doesn't believe applause is the appropriate way to honor the 23 people who died in the crash in 1958 including former City goalkeeper Frank Swift.

"I think we are doing the best thing for Manchester United and the people concerned," Ferguson said. "We are not going to be influenced by some outside influence."

Ferguson said the anniversary tributes had been planned for months. "We have spoken to all the people concerned with what happened that particular tragic day, the players who were involved and families," Ferguson said. "So, yes, we are doing the right thing and we always try to do the right things.

"The staff have been working their socks off for the last six or seven months. It's a shame to then start saying this is wrong and that's wrong."

The crash happened after a plane taking the United players home from a European Cup game in Belgrade stopped in Munich to refuel.

Although manager Matt Busby and forward Bobby Charlton were among the survivors, the crash claimed the lives of eight of the "Busby Babes", who had won the league title two seasons in a row.