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Old 20th January 2008, 19:20   #1
Sean B
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Default SUPPORTERS DEMAND REMOVAL OF THE AIG SPONSOR'S LOGO FROM THE MEMORIAL TO THE BABES

SUPPORTERS DEMAND REMOVAL OF THE AIG SPONSOR'S LOGO FROM THE MEMORIAL TO THE BABES

All the independent supporters associations and fanzines are backing the call for the AIG logo to be removed.

There has been uproar amongst United supporters following the revelation that the memorial picture of Busby Babes on the front of the East Stand at Old Trafford has an AIG sponsors logo on it. As the panels of the picture went up they were greeted by almost universal acclaim until the final few panels went up revealing a glaring error and the AIG sponsor's logo. Outraged supporters have been inundating AIG with complaints (boardofdirectors@aig.com marketing.uk@aig.com ).

The Club have been alerted to both the error and to the anger over the presence of the AIG logo but their statement only says they will correct the error but makes no mention whatsoever (see "AIG logo stays" in notes below) of the thing that has really angered supporters. The inclusion of a sponsor's logo on what is effectively a memorial.

Missing out the name Busby in the second line of the song is obviously a genuine mistake but ultimately forgivable. However the inclusion of the AIG sponsor logo alongside the words "They play on in our minds" makes it sound like a cheesy advertising strapline and appears a premeditated attempt to monetise the remembrance of Munich by associating themselves with the powerful emotions generated.

We urge the club to also correct the real error (of judgement) and remove the AIG logo.

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NOTES:
[1] UNITED'S RESPONSE:
[2] SUPPORTERS COMMENTS ON FORUMS:


[1] UNITED'S RESPONSE:

AIG logo stays - United PR response to fans enquiries:
http://www.manutd.com/default.sps?pa...&newsid=525366
Reds answer tribute query

The club has issued the following statement regarding Old Trafford's East Stand tribute, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster:

"The commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Munich air crash has involved many different groups including the club's partners.

"Each group has chosen to pay tribute in its own way. It is entirely appropriate that a partner as closely involved with the club as AIG would want to remember that extraordinary team, cut down in its prime.

"Key figures were consulted before the project was agreed, including the Busby family and all were supportive of what is a stunning and poignant tribute."

On Saturday United also pledged to correct a text error in the tribute, which has just been erected. The image covers the entire glass fronting of East Stand with a picture of the Babes' final line-up in Belgrade before the disaster, accompanied by the lyrics to the Manchester United Calypso.

A club spokesman told ManUtd.com: "It has come to the club's attention that there is an error in the text on the Busby Babes' Munich tribute on the East Stand facade.

"The club is grateful for the assistance it has received. The incorrect panels will be removed on Sunday 20 January and replaced as soon as possible."

[2] SUPPORTERS COMMENTS ON FORUMS:

"AIG - Amoral Insensitive Greed"

Old Trafford picture almost complete!
http://www.si-sv1646.com/showthread.php?t=111573

AIG - Remove your Logo from the Memories of the Babes.
http://www.si-sv1646.com/showthread.php?t=111588

Remove AIG from your shirt:
http://www.si-sv1646.com/showthread.php?t=111757

Busby Babes OT picture travesty
http://www.rivals.net/forum/pgePosts...=103&clubId=50

United cock the Calypso
http://www.rednews.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=30304
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