Updated: Tuesday, 23rd October 2018 @ 5:08pm

Twitter users slam Manchester United fanzine Red Issue's attack on Fabrice Muamba 'grief junkies'

Twitter users slam Manchester United fanzine Red Issue's attack on Fabrice Muamba 'grief junkies'

By Ben Burrows

Manchester United fanzine Red Issue is being slammed by fans on Twitter after a controversial attack on what they describe as Fabrice Muamba 'grief junkies'.

The cover of the latest edition shows Muamba receiving treatment following his on-pitch cardiac arrest at White Hart Lane on March 17.

The fanzine included mock-up speech bubbles from the crowd saying 'Is he dead?', 'I’ve Tweeted my condolences just in case' and 'Good mourning' and were paired with the headline 'Grief Junkies run riot'.

Fans took to Twitter to respond to the criticism in vast numbers prompting the hashtag ‘#redissue’ to trend worldwide for much of yesterday.

One user Tweeted: “Real problem with that Red Issue cover is that it just isn't funny. Stop this offensively clumsy execution of a fairly obvious point now.”

Many people labelled the article as ‘disgusting’ and ‘outrageous’.

Mancunian Terry Christian Tweeted: “Brilliant stuff in current red issue.”

A Red Issue spokesman has defended the fanzine’s stance on the delicate subject.

“It’s aimed at the people who latched onto the situation and all their fake sentiments,” he said. “The self-satisfaction of so many people on Twitter and other social networks as though their thoughts and prayers were responsible for his recovery rather than the paramedics and those involved and the player’s own fitness.

“In no way is this intended as a dig at Muamba, why would it be? It was at the circus surrounding it.”

Bolton midfielder Muamba is currently recovering in London’s Chest Hospital.

After being alleged to have been technically dead for over 78 minutes, Muamba’s condition is now said to be improving day by day.

The fanzine has been no stranger to controversy this season.

MM reported in February on how Greater Manchester Police confiscated thousands of copies of the magazine prior to the Manchester United-Liverpool clash.

The issue of the fanzine contained a cut-out-and-keep Ku Klux Klan mask in the wake of the much-publicised Luis Suarez-Patrice Evra race row.