Please see below a notice from the Chief Inspector of Greater Manchester Police, Dean Howard, to all supporters attending Old Trafford on Sunday 10 December.
As the Match Commander for the forthcoming Manchester United v Manchester City Premier League match this Sunday, I would like to offer a very warm welcome to all supporters attending the fixture.
Whilst everyone recognises the significance of this fixture, I am sure we all share the same view that we want to enjoy the occasion and be thoroughly entertained in a safe environment. I have met with supporter groups representatives from both clubs to discuss any issues or concerns you as supporters may have.
As a result of this meeting there are some key points I would wish to highlight to aid your enjoyment of the fixture:
1. Turnstiles will be open at 2:30pm, two hours before kick-off at 4:30pm.
2. We ask that you arrive at Old Trafford and get to the turnstile at least 1 hour before the start of the match for security checks.
3. Where possible, avoid bringing a bag but if it is necessary, do not bring a bag larger than 20cm x 15cm x 5cm (8” x 6” x 2”)
4. If you are meeting friends prior to entering the stadium at Old Trafford, the advised meeting place is in the E2 car park, which is the away coach park situated opposite the away turnstiles across the forecourt. Any supporters waiting outside the away turnstiles without a ticket will be asked to move away from the area to avoid unnecessary congestion in this area.
5. You cannot drink alcohol in public places, in Trafford or in Manchester City Centre, due to the Designated Public Places Order being in existence. There are licensed premises in the area of Old Trafford and the city centre, and supporters will be able to purchase alcoholic drinks inside the stadium from 2:30 pm when the turnstiles open. The sale of alcoholic drinks will be restricted to two drinks per visit to the bar on away concourses and adjacent home concourses.
6. I would like to remind all supporters that pyrotechnics are dangerous and are not welcome by the majority of fans. They cause breathing difficulties and we have had occasions when fans have panicked as a consequence of them being set off in the stadium. It is an offence to enter a stadium with such an item and those engaging in this behaviour risk arrest, prosecution and the prospect of a football banning order.
7. I would please ask all fans not to engage in any form of offensive or racist chanting and I will be instructing police officers to take positive action against any supporter, home or away, who engages in this behaviour.
8. In order to avoid incidents of disorder taking place at the end of the fixture on the forecourt, there is a possibility of the away supporters being contained within the stadium at the end of the fixture in what has become known as a 'holdback'. The final decision as to whether or not this is put in pace will be made on the day based on what has occurred prior to and during the fixture. If it is deemed necessary then messages will be relayed over the PA system and supporters will be kept fully updated through regular announcements within the stadium, and we would aim to keep the duration to a minimum. If a 'holdback' is deemed necessary on the day, the Police will work closely with stewards to ensure that supporters can access toilet facilities during this time and that any other necessary requirements from supporters are facilitated.
9. Information and advice for those travelling by coach, private vehicles or public transport can be found here along with additional safety and travel information.
Greater Manchester Police will be utilising social media to communicate with supporters both leading up to and during the fixture, and will use this method to pass on any relevant information in order to assist supporters of Manchester City to have a safe and enjoyable experience.
Chief Inspector Dean Howard
Greater Manchester Police