Man United at risk of a UEFA punishment after Valencia

Manchester United face UEFA punishment

More bad news for Manchester United.

It’s been reported in the Times on Wednesday morning that Man United may be punished by UEFA.

That’s after Man United arrived late at Old Trafford before the Champions League match against Valencia on Tuesday. The Times have reported:

Greater Manchester Police have disputed Jose Mourinho’s claim that they were to blame for Manchester United’s late arrival for last night’s Champions League, for which the club face the possibility of Uefa disciplinary action.

The Champions League match was scheduled to start at 8pm local time. However the kick-off was pushed back by five minutes after Man United only turned up at Old Trafford at 7.17pm.

Police vs Man United

Jose Mourinho blamed the police for Man United’s tardiness before Valencia.

The Special One claimed the police “refused” to give the club an escort to Old Trafford.

Accordingly, claimed Mourinho, a usual 30 minute trip from the Lowry hotel to Old Trafford took 75 minutes.

But was Mourinho’s statement accurate? The Times have spoken to the Greater Manchester Police, who refute Mourinho’s report of what happened:

That version of events was disputed this morning by GMP, who said that this service is no longer provided as standard and that clubs had been given “adequate time to plan ahead for their journeys to the stadium”.

In a statement, chief inspector Andy Sutcliffe, the GMP’s silver commander for United’s match against Valencia, 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.”

Manchester United’s possible fine

The Times also note that Man City were once fined €30,000 for being too slow in getting on the pitch.

That precedent happened back in 2012 against Sporting Lisbon.

Also see: Antonio Valencia lends support to ‘Mourinho Out’ narrative after Valencia.

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