Manchester United fans have urged the club to “reconsider” their decision to remove a plaque commemorating Sir Matt Busby in the directors’ box at Old Trafford.
The Manchester Evening News reports that the plaque has been removed and members of his family no longer have directors’ box seats.
“We’d advise the club to reconsider their decision,” Ian Stirling, vice-chairman of the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust told the Daily Telegraph. “Supporters rightly recognise and value the contribution Sir Matt and his family have made to the history of our club.
“The removal of the plaque is insensitive and it should be restored. We hope the club can suitably accommodate the needs of the Busby family on match days as all supporters want to see the family honoured and Sir Matt remembered.”
An online petition, in which United are asked to return the plaque, had reached almost 1,500 signatures in 17 hours.
Former United manager Busby rebuilt the club after the 1958 Munich air disaster, leading to them winning the European Cup for the first time in their history 10 years later.
Regarding the family’s directors’ box seats, Busby’s granddaughter Amanda Eustace told the M.E.N: “My dad always said it was a privilege to have those box tickets. We have been extremely grateful to United for what they have given us over the past years. We do still have season tickets, which is absolutely fantastic.”