Man charged after Crawley fan 'mocks Munich air crash'

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Seven players were killed in the crash in Munich and one died in hospital 15 days later

A man has been charged by police after a Crawley Town fan was alleged to have mocked the victims of the Munich air crash in the club's FA Cup song video.

James Butler, of Crawley, West Sussex, is accused of using threatening, abuse or insulting words with intent to cause harassment alarm or distress.

He was arrested after a Manchester United fan complained the video showed a supporter making aircraft gestures.

Mr Butler, of Beeches Crescent, is due before Crawley magistrates on 3 March.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: "Butler was arrested by police in Crawley on 14 February following a complaint about part of the content of a music video produced to support Crawley Town Football Club in its FA Cup run.

"He was subsequently released on police bail and was charged when he answered to that bail this afternoon."

Crawley Town were beaten 1-0 by Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Old Trafford last Saturday.

Ahead of the match the non-league side and musician Mike Dobie recorded a version of The Specials' A Message To You Rudy as A Message To You Rooney.

The Munich air crash happened in February 1958 when Manchester United were returning from a European Cup tie against Red Star Belgrade. Their plane crashed on a runway after a stop-off at the West German city's airport.

The air crash left 23 people dead, including eight United players.

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