Jesse Lingard has apologised for a tweet that was posted on his personal account just three minutes after the commemoration of the victims of the Munich Air Disaster.
The English midfielder was at Old Trafford for the memorial service and has accused a member of his media team for the tweet.
— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) February 6, 2018
The minute silence occurred at 3:04pm, the exact time the plane carrying the ‘Busby Babes’ crashed, and the tweet was sent out at 3:07pm.
The tweet was a response to a question asked to him on Twitter of when he was going to be playing a game of FIFA against teammate Marcus Rashford.
People on the social media platform weren’t afraid to voice their anger about the post as Lingard had received much criticism for his tweet that was made three minutes after the minute silence.
so its 5 minutes since the 15:04 moment remembering the busby babes and you are tweeting about FIFA , ffs mate
— Gripper (@Gripper2502) February 6, 2018
No respect what so ever disgraceful. You have no clue what this means to the fans and the club.
— Paul lavery (@laves1975) February 6, 2018
3 minutes after 3:04 and you are tweeting about Fifa. Showing your true colours here mate
— barney (@BarneyHarwod) February 6, 2018
Lingard has since deleted the tweet and posted: “A member of my media team inadvertently replied to a tweet this afternoon on my Twitter profile during the Munich memorial service at Old Trafford.
“I was unaware as I was attending the service at the time, and don’t condone the post or the timing in any way.
“The post has now been deleted, and I’d like to apologise for any upset caused, this is totally unacceptable and does not reflect my personality or view on this emotional day.”
The ceremony took place on Tuesday and more than 4,000 fans paid their respects at the stadium along with players and managers past and present.
The 1958 team, nicknamed the Busby Babes, had landed in Munich to take on fuel before starting the final leg of their journey back to Manchester on their return from a European Cup tie against Red Star Belgrade.
It was snowing heavily at the airfield and two takeoff attempts had already been halted.
At 3.04pm, they made a third attempt, but tragedy struck, claiming the lives of 23 passengers and injuring 19 more.