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How clean is your Premier League club?

Chelsea were caught 'cold turkey'. (©GettyImages)
Chelsea were caught 'cold turkey'. (©GettyImages).

Manchester United and Chelsea officials have been told to clean up their acts after a recent visit from health inspectors to all Premier League football grounds, an environmental report has revealed.

The information - which was obtained through Freedom of Information requests - detailed some surprising findings about clubs in England's top-flight, highlighting a number of hygiene nasties from up and down the country.

An inspection carried out at Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium discovered a broken tap and flaking pipework, as well as previous problems with the presence of rodents, with the report instructing the club to "continue to monitor and react to the mouse activity".

In response to the report, a Manchester United spokesperson said that they had a "robust pest control system" in place, and that if any incidents do occur, they take "immediate and appropriate action".

Chelsea, meanwhile, who are bankrolled by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, were criticised for almost serving 'cooked turkey saddles' that were out of date, to supporters attending games at Stamford Bridge.

Health chiefs also expressed concerns about the selling of stockpot and several frozen steak and mushroom pies that were not labelled correctly, and warned the European champions that this was in "serious contravention" of hygiene laws.

A follow-up inspection did find action had been taken though, and noted hygiene at the west London club had become "generally excellent".

By comparison, Arsenal scored top marks with inspectors the first time round, with no contraventions of legislation witnessed at the Emirates Stadium, while reigning Premier League champions Manchester City were also given maximum points at the Etihad Stadium, with the inspector writing there was "very good hygiene standards in place".

For a full club-by-club guide of the interesting discoveries made at other Premier League stadia, carry on reading below…

Aston Villa - a lack of water being provided to certain units and a leaking drain pipe. Also needs to maintain temperature control.

Everton - high standards of food hygiene and safety were noted by the inspectors

Fulham - a hole in a wall which could have given access to pests, a pair of rusty scissors, and an open box of bread rolls found under a basin.

Liverpool - showed good standards and procedures.

Newcastle - no problems were discovered by inspectors at St James's Park with good standards observed.

Norwich - no response.

QPR - loose taps, no hot water to a hand basin and low lighting in certain areas at Loftus Road.

Reading - dead insects and cobwebs instructed to be cleared away, as well as a hole in a ceiling and leftover rubbish.

Southampton - told to refill a soap dispenser and sort out a gap in a floor which provided potential access for pests. Also instructed to clean one of their ceilings.

Stoke - dirty vacuum packer needed cleaning, and action on some pouches for vacuum packing that were stored in a dirty box.

Sunderland - inspection found the Stadium of Light to comply with hygiene and food legislation.

Swansea - chicken being served that was still pink, out of date watercress, out of date pate and an open packet of cooked ham left in a kitchen.

Tottenham - scored well in the report with food hygiene being recorded as well managed at White Hart Lane.

West Brom - hygiene standards were recorded as being very high with top marks scored at The Hawthorns.

West Ham - missing ceiling tile needed to be replaced, and some extractor filters needed to be cleaned.

Wigan - high standards were noted at the DW Stadium with the report only picking up on temperatures needing to be recorded properly.

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