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SBD Global/July 31, 2013/International Football
Japan Minister Protests Political Banner Displayed During East Asian Cup Final
Published July 31, 2013
BANNER CONTROVERSY: In Bangkok, Tor Chittinand wrote Liverpool "fans caused controversy during the Reds' friendly against Thailand" on Sunday night. Fans carried an anti-ManU banner at Rajamangala National Stadium, where the "English club ended their Asia tour with a 3-0 win." Fans carried a banner ridiculing ManU at the stadium, "which was seen during the live telecast." The sign read: "Alex Ferguson. Out working. Go to the hell. 20 = kong [cheat]. Munich 58." "Munich 58" was apparently a reference to the '58 air accident in Munich, in which several United players were killed. It was heavily criticized on popular Thai websites, and former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore called the fans "idiots." Collymore tweeted, "As for disrespectful banners, idiots whoever they support. Glorifying death is never clever, just plain stupid." In a separate tweet, Collymore wrote, "Munich, Hillsborough, Shankly etc. If you make banners or sing songs about them, you're a wanker" (BANGKOK POST, 7/30).