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UEFA charge Man United

Published:Thursday | October 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

NYON, Switzerland (AP):

Manchester United were charged yesterday with arriving late at their home stadium for a Champions League match and face punishment from UEFA.

A disciplinary panel will judge charges of "late team arrival" and "late kick-off" on October 18.

The team bus arrived at Old Trafford 45 minutes before Tuesday's scheduled kick-off against Valencia.

Article 41 of Champions League regulations states that "both teams must be at the stadium at least 75 minutes before kickoff".

Play was rescheduled to start five minutes late, disrupting programmes for broadcasters, and other programmes missed their slot because the teams were slow onto the field.

UEFA said Valencia were also charged for the late kick-off - and for two other offences, including fans lighting fireworks.

Man United manager JosÈ Mourinho later blamed police, who he said 'refused' to give the bus an escort from a central hotel. That is being disputed by Greater Manchester police.

The match ended in a 0-0 draw.