London - English side Blackpool on Saturday apologised to Bradford
for playing Billy Joel song "We didn't start the fire", regarded as
offensive for a club who lost more than 50 fans in a stadium inferno in 1985.
Blackpool said the choice of song over the public address system
at Saturday's third division game at their Bloomfield Road home was unintentional
after some Bradford fans complained on social media.
"The club would like to apologise for any unintentional
offence caused by a song played at (Saturday's) match," Blackpool said on their official Twitter site.
The Bradford fire occurred during the club's final home league
game against Lincoln in 1985, killing 54 Bradford fans, two Lincoln fans and
injuring dozens more.
The fire is thought to have been started accidentally when a lit
cigarette was dropped under Valley Parade's wooden main stand.