UEFA charge Man United over late arrival for Valencia clash

source: football365

Manchester United are facing UEFA disciplinary proceedings after their late arrival for Tuesday’s Champions League encounter against Valencia saw kick-off delayed.

Jose Mourinho’s men arrived at Old Trafford at 7.15pm on Tuesday night due to traffic in the city, leading kick-off to be put back by five minutes.

UEFA has subsequently opened disciplinary proceedings against United for “late team arrival” and “late kick-off” in the Group H match that ended 0-0.

Valencia have also been charged over the late kick-off and face others for the “setting off of fireworks” and “kit infringement”. The case will go before the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on October 18.

Mourinho told reporters after the match that the incident was down to local police, he said: “We left the hotel at six o’clock hoping that 30 minutes would be enough, which normally it is.

“But this time the police refused to do an escort, so we come by ourselves and we took from the Lowry hotel 75 minutes.

“UEFA were nice, the referee was nice to allow us to start the game five minutes later because at least we need half an hour to be prepared.

“But it was not a problem with the club organisation, we tried everything, we anticipate everything the fact that it could be dangerous – dangerous in the sense of arriving late – but we were informed the police refused an escort.”

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