Fanzine faces axe

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By NEIL GOOD­WIN neil@sun­daysport.co.uk

A MANCH­ESTER United fanzine is fac­ing the axe af­ter caus­ing outrage by pok­ing fun at Bolton player Fabrice Muamba’s near-fa­tal on-pitch col­lapse.

Red Is­sue pub­lished a Pri­vate Eye-style front page with bub­ble cap­tions from the crowd as Muamba is tended by paramedics on the pitch.

The front cover takes aim at the public re­ac­tion to the star’s col­lapse un­der the head­line ‘Grief junkies run riot’. The bub­bles say, ‘Is he dead?’, ‘I’ve Tweeted my con­do­lences just in case’ and ‘Good mourn­ing!’

Muamba, 23, is slowly re­cov­er­ing in the London Chest Hospi­tal af­ter he col­lapsed at the Tot­ten­ham v Bolton Wan­der­ers FA Cup quar­ter final match on March 17.

His heart stopped for 78 min­utes in the bat­tle to save his life.


His re­cov­ery has “amazed” medics but he re­mains in in­ten­sive care where his con­di­tion is de­scribed as “sta­ble”.

The mag­a­zine pro­voked a mas­sive re­ac­tion from an­gry fans on Twit­ter and the words ‘red is­sue’ were trend­ing on the so­cial me­dia site.

Fan Mike Rawlins tweeted: “Red is­sue gets it hor­ri­bly wrong.”

Toby Sims wrote: “I’m dis­gusted by the Red Is­sue cover. I’m a United fan but that’s aw­ful.”

Richard Bux­ton posted: “Red Is­sue sink to new depths with sick cover… even Utd fans out­raged.”

But a spokesman for the mag­a­zine de­fended the cover, say­ing: “It’s aimed at the peo­ple who latched onto the sit­u­a­tion and their fake sen­ti­ments.”

The lat­est cover comes af­ter copies of Red Is­sue were con­fis­cated by cops be­fore United’s FA Cup clash with Liver­pool in Fe­bru­ary. It had a spoof Ku Klux Klan mask pok­ing fun at Liver­pool striker Luis Suarez, banned for eight matches af­ter racially abus­ing United de­fender Pa­trice Evra.

OUTRAGE: ‘Sick’ mag makes fun of Muamba’s col­lapse

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