Footballer taunts fans with Munich air disaster mime
JOHN Lawless, who plays for Merseyside lower-league side Marine FC, faces disciplinary action after making an aeroplane gesture that allegedly alluded to the Munich air disaster:
“Lawless was given an official police warning at half time in a match against Unibond League rivals FC United of Manchester at Gigg Lane, Bury, on December 20.
While taking a corner at the end of the ground in which most of the 2,122 spectators were gathered, Mr Lawless was seen to wave his arms to make an aeroplane gesture in an apparent reference to the Munich air disaster of 1958.
The crash killed eight players from Manchester United. Three Manchester United staff and eight journalists also died.
Mr Lawless’s taunt led to uproar in the stadium and stewards had to prevent several fans from going onto the pitch.”
After the game, it transpired that Lawless used to be a member of a Facebook group called ‘Munich 58 Was The Best Thing Ever’. Classy guy, huh.
Watch the gesture below (it occurs at around 3min 30sec into the clip):