Liverpool apologise after Man United Munich Twitter joke gaffe
Anfield investigation over 'inappropriate and distasteful' tweet sent from club account
LIVERPOOL have been forced to apologise ahead of the game against bitter rivals Manchester United this weekend after the club's official Twitter account appeared to mock the Munich air disaster.
The club had asked fans, via its @LFC twitter account with almost 2 million followers, to suggest three songs that they thought should be played over the tannoy at Anfield before Liverpool's clash with United on Sunday.
One fan responded by picking tracks used by Liverpool fans to ridicule the 1958 Munich plane crash, which claimed the lives of eight Manchester United players. They were Frank Sinatra's Come Fly With Me, the Monty Python tune Always Look on the Bright Side of Life and 90's dance track I Like to Move it by Reel 2 Real.
Eric Idle's song has been modified into a crowd chant with the refrain "always look on the runway for ice", while Reel 2 Real's track has also been adapted to "I like to Munich, Munich", explains The Guardian.
Twenty people, including eight players, died in the crash as United's plane attempted to take off from an icy runway following a European Cup tie.
Perhaps unaware of the songs' overtones or in a misguided effort to join in with the joke, @LFC replied to the Twitter user: "Have you been sneaking a look at the dressing room iPod?"
That message triggered a flood of complaints, prompting the club to delete the offending tweet and launch an internal inquiry.
Liverpool also issued a statement describing the incident as "distasteful and inappropriate" adding: "We apologise, unreservedly, for any offence that was caused by this mistake." A Manchester United spokesman welcomed the apology.
There is a vicious rivalry between Liverpool and United, the two most successful clubs in England, and matches between the two are highly charged affairs. In 2011 the clubs held peace talks to try and maintain calm after Liverpool striker Luis Suarez made racist remarks towards Man Utd full back Patrice Evra. ·