Thursday, January 15, 2009

'Mocking' footballer leaves club

Source: BBC

A Merseyside footballer who appeared to mock the Munich air disaster during a game in Manchester has had his contract cancelled by his club, it has emerged.

John Lawless, a player for Marine FC, allegedly made an aeroplane motion with his arms while taking a corner during a match against FC United in December.

Marine FC, based in Crosby, have now terminated the player's contract.

A statement on the team's website said "his contract has been cancelled by agreement of both parties".

The 1958 Munich air crash left 23 people dead, including eight Manchester United players.

FC United was formed in 2005 by Manchester United fans opposed to Malcolm Glazer's takeover at Old Trafford.

The Football Association said it was investigating the matter.