United supporters plan a tribute to Cantona at the ground where he assaulted Palace fan Matthew Simmons with a kung-fu kick in January 1995.
It is not the Cantona kick in isolation that has offended some Palaces diehards, rather the murder of Palace supporter Paul Nixon, who was killed during a fight between both groups of fans outside a Walsall pub when the clubs met in the FA Cup semi-finals at Villa Park three months later.
Some of the comments below from Twitter tend to suggest that tensions are running high ahead of the match.
— Berbatov's Blazer (@Nicopoleides) February 21, 2014
Some fans of Palace were so upset some could not stomach attending the replay against United days later such was their outrage.
The real issue with Paul Nixon should be that nobody has ever been brought to justice for his death, not some nonsense about Cantona masks. — Annie Eaves (@AnnieEaves) February 20, 2014
Several Palace fans have claimed that paying tribute to Cantona also glories the death of Nixon. United fans can't see why. Neither can Early Doors. ED does not see the link.
Tragic as those events were, how can Eric Cantona kicking a fan be linked to somebody's death months later? It doesn't make any sense despite what some Palace fans are arguing.
Fact is the Cantona incident started a chain of events which lead to the death of Paul Nixon. So is therefore extremely offensive.
— Ben Mintram (@bmintram) February 20, 2014
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