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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 April 2019

Manchester United fans plan Old Trafford boycott for Barcelona Champions League game over safety fears

Disabled fans say they feared for their safety during match against PSG in February when visiting fans ripped up seats and hurled missiles from L stand

Kylian Mbappe was on target in PSG's 2-0 won over Manchester United at Old Trafford earlier this season. Reuters
Kylian Mbappe was on target in PSG's 2-0 won over Manchester United at Old Trafford earlier this season. Reuters

Disabled Manchester United supporters are planning to boycott the home leg of the club's Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona next month over safety fears, according to a report.

The Manchester Evening News reported Thursday that a section of United's disabled supporters who were at Old Trafford for February's 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain feared they would be hit by flying objects thrown down from the stand where supporters of the French champions were sat.

United accused PSG fans of breaking nearly 800 seats in the L stand, according to the newspaper, with some ripped out and hurled down towards the disabled section situated below them.

The club have resisted calls to give the L stand to United supporters due to logistical and safety reasons, meaning visiting Barcelona fans will be housed there for the first leg on April 10.

Mehfuz Ahmed, who has been going to games since 1996 and was at the PSG game, told the MEN: "It's a shame because it's a once in a lifetime thing but your health comes first I've spoken to other people who are considering it too.

"We have done everything we can and this is the next step, I have written to them [United officials] and they have seen what happened and how dangerous it was against PSG and it's been going on for too long."

Jon Nield who takes his 11-year-old son to games, told the MEN he was also considering staying away over safety concerns.

"I think we need to make a stand," he said. "Alex felt really uneasy watching the game against PSG so we left for our own safety. We just can't relax properly and it could be fatal if something hits Alex on the head. We complained after the PSG game in the hope that something could be done and I've emailed since the decision has come out about keeping the Barcelona fans there asking them to review their decision.

"It's a massive decision not to go and Alex will be heartbroken that he'll miss the biggest game of the season but when you take a step back you realise that it's something we have to do."

Updated: March 21, 2019 10:10 AM

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