Manchester United launch security review after fan brings toy guns to match 

Manchester United said the safety of fans was an absolute priority for the club.

Published: 02nd November 2018 09:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd November 2018 09:39 PM   |  A+A-

File image of Manchester United's home ground Old Trafford Stadium | Reuters


LONDON: Manchester United have launched a security review after it emerged a pitch invader got into Old Trafford with two toy guns during last month's Champions League game against Juventus.

Shortly after play started during United's 1-0 defeat to the Italian champions, a fan ran across the pitch and was restrained by stewards close to the players.

The Daily Mail newspaper reported that security staff later inspected his seat and found two toy guns in a backpack.

Manchester United said the safety of fans was an "absolute priority" for the club.

"Carrying a children's miniature plastic toy gun into a stadium is clearly an extremely irresponsible act," a spokesman said.

"Fortunately, the actions of the pitch intruder at the Juventus game did not harm anyone.

"However as the security and safety of all fans and staff is the absolute priority at Manchester United, the club immediately launched an investigation into the circumstances around this issue.

This includes a full review of our already rigorous security protocols, using our own security teams together with external expert consultants."

European football's governing body UEFA has charged Manchester United over the "field invasion".

The case will be dealt with by the UEFA control, ethics and disciplinary body on November 22.



Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp