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Information for supporters - Manchester United away

 Following a meeting we attended last week to discuss policing plans and raise any issues ahead of the forthcoming match versus Manchester United, Greater Manchester Police have provided the below information for supporters. If anyone has any further questions or concerns ahead of the fixture, please contact us via secretary@spiritofshankly.com

“As the match commander for the forthcoming Manchester United v Liverpool fixture this Saturday, I would like to offer a welcome to all Liverpool fans attending the game.

The aim is to ensure that everyone enjoys the match and the day passes off safely. Recent League fixtures at Old Trafford between United and Liverpool have passed without incident and this is something that I hope we can achieve again for this game.

Many issues experienced by fans can be overcome by effective communication and in order to build upon good relations from previous seasons, I have already met with the Football Supporters Federation, Spirit of Shankly, Liverpool  FC Supporters Committee and Manchester United Supporters Trust to talk through some aspects of the policing operation.

If any of the Liverpool fans have any questions ahead of the fixture about the policing operation, then please let either these supporters groups or the clubs know. We will be in touch in the days leading up to the match and I will do my best to provide an update. In terms of key messages, I would like all the visiting Liverpool fans to be aware of the following points:-

1. You cannot drink alcohol on the street in Manchester city centre or Trafford (the borough where the ground is) and this will be enforced around the stadium for home and away fans. Since implementing this policy it has stopped groups of supporters congregating at certain locations which created a hostile atmosphere for visiting fans and families.
2. There are no pubs in the area of the ground which cater for visiting supporters.
3. Liverpool fans will be able to get a drink in the ground - a maximum of two alcoholic drinks per visit to bar per person - it is the same policy for home fans in the East Stand. Turnstiles open at 15:30hrs and fans will be able to buy food and drink.
4. All drinks (including soft drinks) will be decanted and these arrangements are the same for home fans situated near to the segregation line.
5. I would like to remind all supporters that pyrotechnics are dangerous and are not welcome by the majority of fans. It is an offence to enter a stadium with such an item and those engaging in this behaviour risk arrest, prosecution and also a banning order.
6. Potentially there may well be a hold back at the end of the game – all fans will be updated about this during the game by public address announcements in the stadium. We will minimise the duration of this as far as we can but I feel it has been successful in recent league games at minimising any issues on the forecourt. During any holdback, the police will work closely with the stewards, and we will do our best to ensure that fans can access toilet facilities during any holdback. This will need to be done in a controlled manner to help regulate the numbers accessing the toilets at any one time.

As always, the TV cameras and media will be focussed on one of the biggest club fixtures in the world. I hope that supporters from both sides act in a responsible manner and enjoy the game, no matter what the result.”



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