United fans face allocation cut

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Manchester United fans face seeing their ticket allocation for October's Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool slashed by more than a third because of "persistent standing" issues at Anfield.

A report submitted to Liverpool City Council has recommended cutting the visiting supporters' capacity from 3,015 to 1,965 in an attempt to combat the problem of people blocking gangways.

The Ground Safety Advisory Group suggest problems with United fans at Anfield are far greater than those of other visiting clubs. The report said: "Pictures were presented which showed how the gangways at that game were affected compared to a similar high-profile game where persistent standing also occurred."

It continued: "The actions of the Manchester United supporters had overwhelmed the reasonable operations of the stewards through the management plan.

"This is an escalation of the actions of the supporters from previous games.

"It is not clear what more the club can reasonably do through stewarding measures to ensure spectators do not encroach in to gangways.

"Spectators from other away clubs attending the ground also persistently stand.

"However they do not spread out in to the gangways to the same extent that the Manchester United spectators do."

Liverpool City Council's licensing committee will make a final decision on the proposal at a meeting on August 8.

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