Liverpool Apologise to Manchester United After Munich Air Disaster Tweet

Ben BlackmoreFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17:  Police on horseback patrol the streets around Anfield stadium as fans make their way to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on August 17, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Liverpool have offered an official apology via the Manchester Evening News to Manchester United after the club’s Twitter account inadvertently appeared to mock the Munich Air Disaster.

The two Premier League rivals face off at Anfield on Sunday, so the club asked Twitter followers to suggests songs to be played pregame.

The response from @JoshMitchy_ included three song suggestions that could be viewed as aiming fun at the 1958 Munich Air Disaster, which saw 23 people—including eight United players—die.

One of the three suggestions is fairly self-explanatory by the title, while the two others have been used in the past by a section of Liverpool fans to rile their United counterparts on the terraces.

“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” has been altered to “Always Look on the Runway for Ice,” while “I Like to Move It” has been changed to “'I Like to Munich, Munich.”

The response of “Have you been sneaking a look at the dressing room iPod?” from Liverpool’s official Twitter account instantly prompted a huge response from angry United fans, so Liverpool have been quick to offer an apology, as reported by Mike Keegan of the Manchester Evening News:

Liverpool Football Club responded quickly to correct the error of judgement that was made last night on its official Twitter account in responding to a distasteful and inappropriate tweet.

The club took decisive action and the comment was deleted swiftly.We apologise, unreservedly, for any offence that was caused by this mistake.

Manchester United have since acknowledged the apology, but extra scrutiny will now be on the Merseysiders when the two teams clash on Sunday.

Last season both sets of fans were generally praised for their conduct, when the two teams met shortly after the results of the Hillsborough Independent Panel's report were revealed.