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GMP charge Manchester United fan with public order offence following social media video

A 44-year-old man has been charged in relation to tragedy chanting during the FA Cup quarter-final between Liverpool and Manchester United.

The video of a Manchester United fan at Old Trafford was widely circulated on social media. This was investigated by the Greater Manchester Police’s Specialist Operational football investigation team.

Manchester United fan charged

GMP announced that eight arrests and a charge relating to pyrotechnics had been made on Monday, March 18, 2024.

Manchester United fan charged
Eight fans were arrested by the GMP on Monday, March 19 – Photo by Icon Sport

However, they have announced today that an additional fan called Michael Bernard Avery has been charged with Section 4a of the Public Order Act 1986. He has now been bailed.

Chief Inspector Jamie Collins, Silver Commander for the event, said: “Our investigation into this fixture in relation to supporter conduct is ongoing and continuing at pace and we encourage members of the public to carry on reporting incidents so we can investigate.

“We are reiterating the message that any kind of gesture or comments from any supporters to other clubs in relation to tragedy chanting will not be tolerated and is completely unacceptable.

“I would also like this to be a strong warning for any supporters attending future fixtures in Greater Manchester, including the up-and-coming Premier League fixture between these two clubs, that if you engage in this behaviour GMP officers will do everything possible to bring you in front of the courts.

“Both clubs involved, and the vast majority of supporters agree with this stance and despite the time passed we will continue to take proactive and appropriate action to tragedy chanting amongst other offences.”

GMP to investigate alleged tragedy chanting in away section

GMP also confirmed that they are investigating a video of alleged tragedy chanting in the away section of Old Trafford, where Liverpool fans were located on Sunday.


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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