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Manchester United v Liverpool: police control scum fans inside a bubble

by | 9th, September 2015

Manchester United host Liverpool in the weekend’s big Premier League match. The 5:30 kick-off gives time for fans to get to the game, soak up the atmosphere (and that’s the atmosphere outside the ground not the sit-down-shut-up funereal quiet imposed inside it), make a day of it and have fun.

Well, unless the Greater Manchester Police get involved. They have issued a set of rules that turn football fans spending money in shops and pubs around the ground into a citizen sub-class for whom free movement and free speech are a step too far. Fans are being punished for crimes they have not committed…yet.

The GMP rules:

1. You cannot drink alcohol on the street in Manchester city centre or Trafford (the borough where the ground is)…

You can. But the police say you must not.

2. There are no pubs in the area of the ground which cater for visiting supporters.

But you can’t bring your own because the police won’t let you open it.

3. Liverpool fans will be able to get a drink in the ground a maximum of two alcoholic drinks per visit to bar per person…

A quota. Know your limit.

4. All drinks (including soft drinks) will be decanted and these arrangements are the same for home fans situated near to the segregation line.

Ever go to the theatre and have your over-priced drink decanted into a cheap plastic beaker?

5. I would like to remind all supporters that pyrotechnics

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