Rise in fans re­fused en­try to old Traf­ford

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THE num­ber of fans re­fused en­try to Old Traf­ford went up last sea­son, but the num­ber of ar­rests al­most halved.

The United fig­ures, show­ing the num­ber of fans ar­rested, ejected or pre­vented from en­ter­ing the sta­dium dur­ing the 2018-19 sea­son,were sub­mit­ted in doc­u­ments to Traf­ford coun­cil as part of a safety cer­tifi­cate ap­pli­ca­tion.

Over the 31 matches/events that were held at Old Traf­ford dur­ing the 2018-19 sea­son, 2,043,013 peo­ple vis­ited the sta­dium.

One of those events was a rugby league match, an­other was a char­ity event and the rest were all United home games.

Over the course of those matches/ events, there were 27 ar­rests made by Greater Manch­ester Po­lice in to­tal – down from 45 the year be­fore.

A to­tal of 15 of the ar­rests in 2018-19 were of home sup­port­ers, seven were away team sup­port­ers and five were un­spec­i­fied ‘neu­tral’ fans.

Dur­ing the same pe­riod, 290 fans were ejected from Old Traf­ford’s grounds fol­low­ing in­ter­ven­tions by sta­dium staff.

Some 163 of those were home fans, 113 away sup­port­ers and 14 ‘neu­tral’ that’s slightly less than the 293 fans ejected over­all across the pre­vi­ous year.

Last sea­son, 265 peo­ple were also re­fused en­try to Old Traf­ford be­fore or dur­ing the events. Of those, 171 were home fans, 90 were away fans and four were ‘neu­tral’ fans.

That was up on the year be­fore when 224 peo­ple were turned away at the turn­stiles dur­ing the 2017-18 sea­son.

A spokesman for United ex­plained there is on­go­ing di­a­logue be­tween the club and sup­porter groups, in­clud­ing quar­terly meet­ings of the Fans’ Fo­rum where di­rect com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween se­nior club of­fi­cials and sup­port­ers can take place.

Two-way feed­back also hap­pens on a weekly ba­sis from match to match to set stan­dards, re­fine work­ing re­la­tion­ships and en­sure re­spect runs both ways; which helps to man­age be­hav­iour. The sta­dium’s sanc­tions pro­ce­dure to deal with and de­ter low level and se­ri­ous is­sues is con­stantly un­der re­view.

The club also works closely with Greater Manch­ester Po­lice and en­sures pro­por­tion­ate re­sponses when deal­ing with any in­ci­dents.

The num­ber of ar­rests and ejec­tions of fans at Old Traf­ford has de­creased con­sid­er­ably over­all since 2010, with fluc­tu­a­tions in be­tween.

There were 226 ar­rests at the venue across the sea­son 10 years ago, along with 366 ejec­tions.

The doc­u­ment also shows fig­ures for the num­ber of staff and at­ten­dees that were med­i­cally treated across last sea­son at Old Traf­ford.

Giv­ing thanks to all med­i­cal staff in­volved at the venue, United bosses stated some 455 event at­ten­dees and 108 mem­bers of staff re­ceived treat­ment on site. Of those treated, 23 were chil­dren aged eight or un­der and a to­tal of 34 peo­ple ended up be­ing taken to hos­pi­tal.

Fans on their way to Old Traf­ford

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