Man Utd fined £13,200 for turning up late to UCL clash with Valencia



Manchester United have been fined £13,200 following the late arrival to their Champions League clash with Valencia.

United’s team bus turned up late to Old Trafford, just 45 minutes before the 0-0 draw in Group H at the beginning of October.

And United have subsequently been charged by UEFA. They have been fined £4,400 for their late arrival and £8, 800 for the late kick-off.

UEFA have also warned Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho for the late kick-off in the Champions League clash.

The Red Devils turned up late for their home Champions League fixture despite travelling just three miles from their team hotel.

Following the draw, Mourinho vented his frustrations that the journey from the Lowry took 75 minutes, setting off at 6pm and arriving at 7.15pm due to horrendous congestion.

The Portuguese manager said: ‘We left the hotel at six o’clock hoping that 30 minutes would be enough, which it normally is, but this time the police refused to do an escort so we had to come by ourselves.’

But Chief Inspector Andy Sutcliffe, GMP’s Silver Commander for the Manchester United v Valencia fixture, said: ‘All police deployments are carried out following a comprehensive risk assessment process and, specifically in respect of escort team buses, are only ever undertaken on occasions when there is intelligence or information to suggest a risk of threat or harm to the players.

‘GMP has previously used police vehicles to accompany a team’s coach but after a review of our core policing responsibilities it was decided that we would no longer provide this service at every fixture.

‘We consulted with the relevant football clubs over a period of months to allow them adequate time to plan ahead for their journeys to the stadium.

‘Every fixture is assessed individually and we will continue to work with all clubs to provide an appropriate policing response.’