Saturday 1 October 2016

Sierra Leone fan 'distraught' - but gets happy ending

Andy Hampson

Published 16/05/2016 | 02:30

Police outside the stadium after the match was abandoned. Photo: Reuters
Police outside the stadium after the match was abandoned. Photo: Reuters

A Manchester United fan from Sierra Leone whose dream visit to Old Trafford was ruined by the game's cancellation will have an extended trip funded by supporters.

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Moses was one of many overseas visitors left frustrated. The security worker had been invited by friends at the Manchester United Supporters Trust and some of their members were quick to step in to ease his disappointment.

They have offered to pay for a later return flight home and to fix him up with a ticket for next week's FA Cup final at Wembley.

Ian Stirling, vice chair of MUST, said: "A friend of mind worked with Moses out in Sierra Leone and he said he should come over some time for a game.

"When we heard the game was abandoned we had to tell Moses and the poor lad was distraught.

"We've agreed to rearrange his flight and sort him out with a ticket for the FA Cup final. A couple of friends will put him up in Manchester.

"He's distraught at not getting into Old Trafford - that was his dream - but we're trying to do the right thing for a friend."

Irish Independent

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