Information for MUFC fans travelling to Liverpool(A) from Merseyside Police

18 03 2015

MUST is regularly involved in consultation with local council Safety Advisory Groups and Police around our away allocations, policing and related issues. Ahead of the Liverpool(A) fixture although our representatives were not able to attend the Police planning meeting in Liverpool on this occasion we appreciated the invitation. However we were able to submit concerns raised by supporters and can continue to do so ahead of this fixture and others if supporters wish to add comments below this post or to contact MUST Office 0161 872 3300.

Please see below media release from Merseyside Police: 

"As the Match Commander for the forthcoming Liverpool V Manchester United fixture this Sunday, I would like to offer a very warm welcome to all Manchester United fans attending the game.  

Whilst everyone recognises the significance of this fixture, I am sure we all share the same view that we want to enjoy the match and above all that it passes off safely.  Recent league games between both clubs have been largely without incident and this is something I hope we can achieve again for this game. 

Earlier this week, I met with representatives from Greater Manchester Police and Liverpool Football Club to discuss any issues or concerns you as fans may have.  The invite was extended to United supporters fan groups but unfortunately they  were not able to attend but Pc Neil McQueen on your behalf did raise some issues with me and I hope those specific points have been communicated back to you.  However, should any Manchester United fans have any questions ahead of the fixture, please do get in touch with Neil through your fan groups and he will raise these points with me and I will do my best to get any key messages or the answers to your questions back to you as soon as possible. 

As Match Commander I am keen that you have as much information as possible about the fixture and with that in mind I would ask you to consider the following points:-

  1. You cannot drink alcohol in the street in Liverpool City Centre and we would request that if drinking around the Stadium that this is limited to inside Licensed Premises.
  2. United fans will be able to drink inside the stadium in line with all normal ground regulations and sporting events legislation. 
  3. Turnstiles will be open one and a half hours before kick-off as per normal.
  4. 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.  It is an offence to enter a Stadium with such an item and those engaging in this behaviour risk arrest, prosecution and I will endeavour to obtain banning orders against anybody found committing.
  5. I would please ask all fans not to engage in any form of offensive chanting and I will be instructing my staff to take positive action against any fan home or away who engages in this behaviour.  I trust as genuine football fans you will support me in this. 
  6. Potentially there may well be a hold back at the end of the game.  All fans will be kept updated about this and we will make announcements within the Stadium.  We will keep the duration to a minimum as far as we can but please be reassured the hold back is for your safety.  During any hold back the Police will work closely with Stewards and we will do our best to ensure fans can access toilet facilities during this time.  This will need to be done in a controlled manner to regulate the numbers accessing the toilets so please bear with the Police and Stewards but please feel free to speak to any head Stewards if required.
  7. When leaving the Stadium we would encourage fans to turn right on Anfield Road towards the Arkles heading in the direction of your coaches or transport which will be parked in Arkles Lane.  This will be your safest route from the Stadium. 

You will all be aware that the worlds media will focus on this fixture and I hope that supporters from both sides act in a responsible manner and enjoy the game no matter what the result. 

Merseyside Police will endeavour to also make announcements via their Twitter site should any further information come to light on the day of the game.

Jon Ward QPM
Chief Superintendent
Area Commander Liverpool North"

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MPs shine spotlight on MUFC compulsory ACS

11 02 2015

It appears MUST's Parliamentary meeting last week is bearing some early fruit. John Leech was one of the MPs MUST met with last week at Westminster and we discussed the ongoing issues over the Compulsory ACS and this specific issue of bannings from the next home game. He said he wanted to bring the issue up in Parliament - so true to his word.

Despite being a Manchester City ST Holder, John (MP for Withington) is a longstanding MUST Patron and has campaigned on fan issues consistently being especially vocal on safe standing and ticket prices.

This is from the Press Association:

Manchester United should stop the "unnecessary and callous punishment" of a stadium ban for season ticket holders who do not buy cup tickets, MPs say.


The Red Devils have come under fire for using a scheme which obliges thousands of supporters to buy tickets for home cup ties or face being shut out from the next Premier League home game.


Liberal Democrat sports spokesman John Leech said the ticket scheme should be voluntary rather than automatic, with fans having already paid to watch the league games.


He also noted ticket prices for United's FA Cup replay with League Two Cambridge United ranged from £31 to £53 for adults, adding this placed a financial burden on fans who "may be unable or not wish to attend the game".


Conservative former minister Sir Peter Bottomley (Worthing West) has backed the call for change, which has been outlined in an early day motion tabled in Parliament by Manchester City season ticket holder Mr Leech.
An EDM is a formal motion submitted for debate in the House of Commons although very few are actually debated.


The EDM states: "That this House notes that the Manchester United automatic cup scheme obliges season ticket holders to buy tickets for home cup ties.


"(It) further notes that the punishment for not doing so is a stadium ban for the next Premier League home game, even though such games have already been paid for.


"(It) further notes that tickets for the FA Cup replay against League Two Cambridge United on February 3, 2015, ranged from £31 to £53 for adults and that the date for this tie was only confirmed eight days before the match.


"(It) recognises that this additional cost at such late notice is a financial burden on fans who may be unable or not wish to attend the game.


"(It) further recognises that the enforcement of a one-game stadium ban upon supporters who do not wish to or cannot afford to attend an extra mid-week match is an unnecessary and callous punishment.


"(It) further notes that the voluntary cup schemes offered by other clubs both provide season ticket holders with flexibility in match attendance and enable non-regular attendees to see football in their place.


"(It) condemns the policy of any football club forcing season ticket holders to sign-up to compulsory ticket purchases for cup ties, and calls on Manchester United FC to remove this clause from its terms and conditions and replace it with a Voluntary Cup Scheme."

 

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MUST to present proposals for Football Ownership and Governance reform to MPs

04 02 2015

MUST Chief Executive is heading to Westminster for a meeting with MPs this afternoon to present MUST proposals for Football Ownership & Governance reform.

These proposals have been endorsed as effective and feasible by a number of advisors including top Corporate Lawyers such as Freshfields' Mark Rawlinson (acting in a personal capacity and pro bono). Mark was one of the 2010 Red Knights but also advisor to MUFC board in 2004/5 when he devised the innovative, initially successful defence against the Glazer takeover before Cubic Expression indicated their desire for the offer to proceed.

If implemented these proposals would prevent, amongst a plethora of other ills, a Glazer style leveraged takeover, or indeed any actions (on behalf of shareholders) which were against the interests of the Club

A few bullet points:

  • A new Football Club Ownership & Governance Act
  • A simplified corporate ownership structure - a single holding company (or new entity) registered in UK (EU), governed by UK Law and paying UK Tax
  • Fans to be legally recognised as key stakeholders especially with respect to certain reserved matters such as Club name, colours. location ...
  • We should not accept lower standards of Corporate Governance from our Football Clubs than our listed public companies
  • All clubs to comply with UK Corporate Governance Code and operate under the highest practicable levels of transparency
  • Controlling boards of our clubs should have a majority of independent directors to prevent abuse/exploitation by any single shareholder/owner
  • Let the executives and management do their jobs without owner interference
  • Duties of Independent Directors, as with ordinary companies, remain to the shareholders, except where there is a conflict of interest with the Club. Then Club must take priority
  • Duties of Independent Directors to also include (a) promoting Club engagement, consultation and transparency with supporters and (b) facilitating supporter investment in Club shares to promote shared ownership with fans
  • New tax reliefs akin to EIS/SITR for supporters' trusts' saving and football club share investment vehicles
  • "Right to Buy". A portion of any Club share sale should be offered, as a time limited option, to the Supporters' Trust
  • "Right to Invest". When specified criteria are met the Supporters' Trust has the option to request new shares are issued to allow cash investment into Club while increasing supporter ownership stake. Existing shareholders' asset value remains undiminished but influence is diversified - a beneficial result
  • 100% supporter ownership isn't necessary or, arguably, the most desirable model. No single shareholder controlling/exploiting the Club for their own benefit is the key reform - similar to Swansea's shareholder agreement
  • A diverse share ownership with a mixture of commercial and emotional investors can provide the optimum model of commercial drive with profits reinvested into Club - similar to Bayern Munich

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