UEFA confident United fans will be safe

2016-12-07 12:58
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Cape Town - UEFA has moved to reassure fans travelling to watch Manchester United's Europa League match with Zorya Luhansk in Ukraine on Thursday.

Recent attacks on travelling supporters has sparked a security fear ahead of the final Group A match, which had already been moved from Luhansk to the Stadion Chornomorets in Odessa as a result of instability to political problems in eastern Ukraine.

A statement from European football's governing body insists the roughly 900 supporters, who are poised to travel to the tie, will be safe.

"We are confident that the host club together with the local authorities will take all necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of the players, the match officials and the supporters of the two teams."

There was a flare-up amongst supports in Odessa in September when Zorya hosted both Fenerbahce and Feyenoord in earlier Europa League games, where fans of local club Chornomorets Odessa were reportedly involved in scuffles using bats, sticks and axes.

United club secretary John Alexander had made the stark warning to the club's fan to be vigilant ahead of the match.

He said: "At the previous group stage games in the city there have been attacks on visiting fans with some in the park around the stadium, so we therefore advise you not to walk through this park to the stadium.

"The shuttle buses will again be in operation after the game to take you back to the city centre.

"For your safety and security you are advised not to wear Manchester United colours when in the Ukraine or attract attention to your presence in the city.

"Due to political sensitivity in the region it is not just opposition football fans who may potentially pose a risk to your safety.

"Incidents of serious disorder during the European Championships in France last summer involving violent individuals and groups emanating from Eastern Europe should be remembered when considering your movements and actions, and any potential risk."

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