Halt to sale of 'Munich' scarves is applauded by United

Manchester United last night welcomed a decision by the online auction site, eBay, to remove from sale commemorative Munich scarves that the club gave away to fans at Sunday's Manchester derby.

As a gesture to help honour the victims of the tragedy in the week of the 50th anniversary of the disaster, the club provided every fan – 73,000 from United and 3,000 from City – with a scarf, a letter from the chief executive, David Gill, and a replica copy of the programme from United's first post-crash game against Sheffield Wednesday.

In a moving tribute, the crowd observed a minute's silence before kick-off on Sunday while holding the scarves aloft. But even before kick-off, some of the commemorative items had been put up for sale on eBay, and by yesterday afternoon there were dozens for sale.

While there is little eBay can do to prevent new listings, the auction firm began removing as many as possible yesterday afternoon.

An eBay spokeswoman said: "Due to the unique and commemorative nature of the scarves handed out at Sunday's football match at Manchester United, eBay will not allow the sale of these items on the site. We are working to ensure these listings are removed from the site immediately."

She said the "potential for profit to be made from human tragedy" conflicted with the site's Offensive Material policy. "We applaud the move," a United spokesman said. The former United winger, Albert Scanlon, a Munich survivor, said: "You don't go to these [games] to make money."

Before removal, some of the items attracted bids as high as £9.9m, but these were clearly hoaxes, and on closer inspection appear to have been made by people who registered with eBay for the first time yesterday solely to make fake bids.

Yet the mere presence of these bids – with the hoaxes ranging from thousands of pounds to £10m – provoked some news agencies to suggest fans were cashing in to the tune of thousands of pounds on Munich aircrash memorabilia. A more prosaic explanation is that a small number of fans put the items up for sale, received genuine bids of between £3 and £60, and will in all likelihood now be stopped by eBay from completing their transactions.

Suggested Topics
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee