Manchester United considering permanent netting after flares, bottles of urine and smoke bombs thrown into disabled section

Manchester United are considering using netting for every game in front of the away fans to protect disabled fans
Manchester United are considering using netting for every game in front of the away fans to protect disabled fans

Disabled Manchester United fans have called for permanent netting in front of the away after being pelted with bottles of urine and flares.

One of the main disabled sections at Old Trafford is in front of the section used by travelling supporters and fans have had enough of missiles being thrown on them.

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Manchester United Disabled Supporters’ Association now feel enough is enough, and want netting to be there for every game.

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It has been used for their Champions League home games with Juventus and Young Boys this year.

United are assessing the situation on a game-by-game basis, according to the BBC, and are wary of the MUDSA’s position on the matter.

“If granted, it would come as a great relief to all those who have suffered over the years from the various items that have been thrown in our direction,” the MUDSA said on the matter at a recent fans’ meeting.

Objects such as flares have been thrown into the disabled supporters’ section
Objects such as flares have been thrown into the disabled supporters’ section

The matter came to a head after a smoke bomb landed in the middle of the section during the Premier League clash with Wolves, say the Daily Mail, while £13.48 in change was collected after the 2009 Manchester derby.’

Netting is common in European grounds, especially Germany, but, although it is allowed in England,  is not in use at any grounds.

United are confident that the fire-resistant mesh used would not impact the view of the travelling fans.

The problem of objects being thrown onto the pitch has been magnified this week, after a Tottenham supporter threw a banana at Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a Brighton fan threw a pie at Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha. Both culprits have been arrested.


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