Manchester United have reacted angrily after attempts by French officials to blame the club and their fans for the crowd problems at their Champions League match against Lille.

After supporters became crushed into a section of the Stade Felix-Bollaert in Lens, Lille´s director general Xavier Thuilot pointed the finger at United, claiming their early distribution of tickets allowed high-quality fakes to be produced.

A Manchester United club spokesman told PA Sport: "Tickets were distributed by recorded delivery 11 days before the game or for collection from February 1. We would normally send out tickets for our home games at Old Trafford six weeks before the match and we have no problems with forgeries."

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