Thursday, October 11, 2007

Red Star Belgrade souvenir sold as controversy rages..

A Red Star Belgrade souvenir given to all United players at a banquet following the Busby Babes last game prior to the Munich air disaster has been sold at auction for over four times its reserve price for £4,100. The unknown seller who was given the souvenir as a 50th birtday present by his father, who it is claimed, found the it some four to six weeks later a quarter of a mile from the wreckage, says he is dismayed that some people have attacked his father over the sale.

Auctioneer William Andrews defended the sale, saying: "I am very happy with the history of the plate.

"The owner is a bit dismayed that people have attacked his father but it hasn't changed his outlook one bit.

"He is going to make a donation of a percentage of the sale of the plate either to a charity of Manchester United's choice or even to go to local schools so they can buy tickets for local school children to go round the Manchester United museum."

For their part United have said that they would have liked to have been offered the souvenir for display in the club museum.

Reds fans will be hoping that the msytery buyer at auction held at Ludlow Racecourse does the right thing and donates it to the club.

BBC news tv report from 1958 following the crash

Sold to the highest bidder.

Charlton upset at sale

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