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UPDATED INFORMATION FOR THOSE ATTENDING THE UEFA SUPER CUP FINAL IN SKOPJE (MACEDONIA)

05 08 2017

Accommodation
We have had a few responses to the previously issued MUST contact email MUSTSupercup@joinmust.org with instances of cancelled bookings. All have now sorted alternative bookings but some have had to pay more. The issue has been covered here by the Daily Mirror and ESPN News and there has been a lot of publicity in Skopje itself that will hopefully deter further issues. We have not had a response to date from the City Authorities but we have had messages of support from locals including offers from two groups who will provide free accommodation for anybody who is not yet sorted or is let down when they arrive. On behalf of United supporters we should thank them for their friendship and support. Information at official-announcement-manchester-united-fan-zone and supercupskopje.com

If you need accommodation you should contact these groups direct. If this is due to problems with your booked hotel or apartment please also post some details to  MUSTSupercup@joinmust.org Its unlikely that we will be able to take any further action in advance of the trip but we will consider if there are any major issues.
 
Event Hospitality
Local Macedonian Reds have organised their own event to which all visiting United supporters are invited. It runs from Monday evening until Wednesday lunchtime. All food and drinks at normal local prices - beer will be less than £2 per pint. Details are also at official-announcement-manchester-united-fan-zone 

This venue is very close to the UEFA designated fan area for United. Other information about the city and the match can be found on the UEFA Guide on the club website at manutd.com/pix/Emails/Files/2017/SCUP2017_Spectator_Leaflet_ENG_252x297mm.pdf 
 
Travel Advice
Macedonia is not in the EU so your EHIC will not be valid in the event that you need medical treatment. Perhaps more pertinent, UK/EU data roaming is not available and Macedonia is not on fixed rate global roaming packages from the main providers. Calls, messages or internet use outside of wi-fi zones may be very expensive.

New entry and exit controls in European airports are leading to long delays at both ends of journeys to and from the Schengen zone. Checks will be at the first transit stop from the UK (or Dublin) unless you have a direct flight to Scopje. Queues of several hours are being reported at some airports but unless you are transiting through Spain, Portugal, or possibly France (i.e. where most British summer tourists are heading) delays will be more limited, but be wary of the possible risk of delays after the match if leaving from Sofia in Bulgaria. 
 
Latest weather forecast is for over 40 degrees in Skopje next week!
 
Enjoy the trip and the match.

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Information for those Attending the UEFA Super Cup Final in Skopje (Macedonia)

26 07 2017

MUST has been alerted to problems that some supporters have had where a small number of hotel operators have been cancelling previously confirmed bookings seemingly with an intention of reselling to new clients at a much higher prices. We have liaised with local United supporters in Skopje who have helped publicise the issue in local media, and MUST has written formally to the local Mayor to seek assurances that any such practices are stopped. Initial indications are that this is now happening but we want to monitor the situation and support those affected where we can so that issues don’t arise when people arrive at their intended hotel on the day. Skopje Reds have been particularly supportive in offering free local accommodation to anybody in need.

To help us with this we ask that anybody who has experienced problems to provide some details including hotel name and current status to MUSTSupercup@joinmust.org We will respond to these and also provide a general update before match-day.

On a more positive note the Macedonian Reds have organised a full festival over from the Monday to Wednesday including guaranteed regular prices for beer and food as well as camping accommodation for those who may need it. Details at http://manchesterismyheaven.com/official-announcement-manchester-united-fan-zone
This could be one of the best Euro Aways for years!

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Calls for relaxation of Russian visa requirements for Euro Aways - M.U.S.T joint statement

21 07 2017

The new season is almost upon us and for those in European competitions, supporters will be looking at their potential opponents. Not just to weigh up the opposition, but also to work out any potential and no doubt costly travel arrangements.

The likelihood is that at least one English team will be drawn against a Russian team, which will mean the cost and inconvenience of a visa application.

Russian Visa

With the requirement to now attend the Russian Visa centre in person for Biometric collection not only is the cost a major issue, but for most supporters an extra day's leave from work is required.

Manchester United Supporters’ Trust, Spirit of Shankly, Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust, Chelsea Supporters’ Trust, Manchester City’s 1894 group, Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, Everton’s Supporters’ Trust and Blue Union call upon UEFA and their respective clubs to work with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to ensure that a supporters' ticket is sufficient as a visa should any English teams be drawn in Russia.

It is evident that this is more than a possibility due to the relaxation of the requirements for the Confederations Cup that was hosted in Russia earlier this year. With a valid match ticket supporters were able to apply for a fan ID, which in effect became their visa. We see no reason why this cannot be applied for UEFA competitions.

Similarly, we call for the British Government to apply the same sense for Russian fans visiting England.

Each Supporters' Trust/Group will be lobbying their relevant club to ensure this happens.

M.U.S.T - Manchester United
THST - Tottenham
SOS - Liverpool
CST - Chelsea
1894 Group - Manchester City
AST - Arsenal
EST & Blue Union - Everton

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M.U.S.T proposal for away ticket exchange comes into force

18 07 2017

During the course of last season, when many supporters contacted M.U.S.T about away tickets collections and the lack of flexibility shown by the Club and what many perceived as Draconian sanctions, we set about discussing some practical solutions with them.

The Club was clear that it wanted to clamp down on touting and increase the success rates in ballots for genuine fans, but that they understood a consequence of this was a resentment by some fans who had swapped around tickets at face value for years and were just helping mates in a way Reds had done through out the decades. We also argued this was an essential part of building the community and camaraderie that makes our away support the envy of our rivals.

The Club insisted that recipients of tickets must be Season Ticket holders who were eligible to apply for the game in question and had not received a ticket in the ballot (whether they applied or not).

M.U.S.T therefore proposed an away ticket exchange (actually really a transfer system) which would only be accessible to those entitled to apply for away tickets therefore allowing fans to transfer tickets but not to let them leave a closed group as specified by Club rules. We saw his as a compromise to allow more flexibility than was the case otherwise and a significant improvement on the existing system.

Harry Gregg - Fundraiser - 100 Name Dedicated Signed Shirts

The Club backed this idea and took it to the Fans Forum who have also agreed to it. The Forum members have had an input into the specific mechanics. As one example, Forum members were concerned about away application numbers rising back to previous levels again and so each supporter will be limited to exchanging only a few tickets a season as a balance proposed by them.

However, we remain pleased that the away exchange system will be introduced for this season, starting with Swansea away.

The Club will be sending out full information on how the exchange will work after the Swansea ballot.

Separately, M.U.S.T has continued to push for a Home ticket exchange system too in order to allow more flexibility to season ticket holders unable to attend a match but who have become increasingly concerned about the dangers of lending tickets to people they don't know too well in case of any problems. We have not had a commitment from the Club that this will be implemented but our representations have been listened to and we will continue to make the case for one.

The previous Home exchange agreement with Viagogo didn't work due to the extremely high fees attached to purchasing the resold tickets but a 5% booking fee to the purchaser (to cover the costs of a third party running the exchange given we do not believe it would be done in house by United) capped at £2 and the full face value price being returned to the season ticket holder would be reasonable in our view.

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Harry Gregg - Fundraiser - 100 Name Dedicated Signed Shirts

24 06 2017

Harry Gregg - Fundraiser - 100 Name Dedicated Signed Shirts

Manchester United legend Harry Gregg is doing a charity fundraiser for The Harry Gregg Foundation andM.U.S.T - the Manchester United Supporters Trust(of which Harry is also a patron) with all proceeds to be split 50:50 between the two organisations.

Harry has agreed to autograph up to 100 shirts (replicas of the 1958 FA Cup Final Goalkeeper shirt worn by Harry himself) each including a name dedication of your choice. He rarely does signings but crucially he says this will be the last such shirt signing he will do - ever - so these are going to be treasured collectors items from a true legend of Manchester United - The Hero of Munich

If you'd like to order one of these unique pieces of memorabilia, and in doing so raise funds for two great causes, you can order yours here
http://mustshop.org/products/Harry-Gregg-Personalised-Signed-Shirt.html

We expect orders to close within 14 days or when 100 shirts have been ordered, whichever happens first, so don't delay if you want to secure one

 

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