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Palace fans fury over Man Utd Cantona plans

Crystal Palace fans are furious over plans from Manchester United's support for this weekend's trip to Selhurst Park.

The Daily Mail says United's plan to bring Eric Cantona masks and scarves to Selhurst Park this weekend has sparked fury among Crystal Palace supporters.

A number of United fans revealed their plan to pay tribute to one of their greatest ever players, but tensions remain high between the two sets of supporters after events that occurred almost 20 years ago.

Cantona was banned for nine months and fined £20,000 in January 1995 for jumping into the home crowd at Selhurst Park and kung-fu kicking Matthew Simmons.

But just three months later, a Palace supporter, 35-year-old Paul Nixon, died during an outbreak of violence at a pub eight miles away from Villa Park before the FA Cup semi-final between the two clubs. After a 2-2 draw, the replay was played behind closed doors.

Palace fanzine Five Year Plan voiced its disdain over the plans to wear the mask, believing it was in celebration of Nixon's death almost 19 years ago.

As well as describing the plan as 'insensitive', the fanzine said on Twitter: 'Celebrating the death of an innocent football fan? P-a-r-t-y'.

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