Information from Greater Manchester Police
Wednesday 08 February 2012 at 20:26
Greater Manchester Police have issued us with the following information regarding the match on Saturday 11th February, kick off 12.45pm.
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 home fans congregating at pinch points which created a hostile atmosphere for visiting supporters and families.
2. Liverpool Fans will be able to get a drink in the ground - a maximum of 2 alcoholic drinks per visit to bar per person - it is the same policy for home fans in the East Stand.
3. All drinks (including soft drinks) will be decanted - again it is the same for home fans in East Stand to stop bottles and cans being used as missiles across the segregation lines.
4. There are no pubs in the area of the ground which cater for visiting supporters. The turnstiles will open half an hour earlier to allow fans into the stadium where they can get refreshments and use the facilities. Turnstiles open at 10:45hrs.
5. Potentially there will be a hold back at the end of the game - 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.
In addition they have clarified:
6. Supporters will be searched prior to entry to Old Trafford, this is a measure that is in in place for all Manchester United fixtures.
7. In the event of a hold back, all reasonable requests for the use of toilet facilities will be considered by the stewards supported by the Police only if required.
In addition, Chief Superintendent Mark Roberts has said:
"On behalf of GMP I want to welcome Liverpool fans attending the game and assure them that our aim is to facilitate everyone coming to the event having a good day out. Recent League fixtures between United and Liverpool have passed without incident at Old Trafford and we would see this game as fitting that mould - the cup game last year was something of a unique event given the away allocation and as such does not reflect my expectations for this fixture. The Police at a football match are a bit like the match officials - we have had a good day if no one notices us and just enjoys the game - I hope we are more successful in that than seemingly the majority of referees have been this season! Many of the problems at football matches are, I think, attributable to a lack of communication about what the fans and police expect of each other. To that end I would be grateful for any observations from yourselves in the run up to the game and any queries from Liverpool fans."