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Drunk United fan dials 999 'to report crime' to Ferguson

A drunken Manchester United supporter dialled 999 to "report a crime" and demanded to speak to Alex Ferguson moments after the team's shock defeat in the league cup.

Greater Manchester Police received the emergency call at 10.30pm on Wednesday night just after the final whistle, when United were knocked out of the League Cup by Sunderland, who won 2-1 on penalties after extra time.

In an audio clip released by the force, the fan can initially be heard asking to speak to the Red Devils' former boss to discuss the "total and utter rubbish" result.

Ferguson managed Manchester United from 1986 until he retired in May last year, and was succeeded by David Moyes. During his 26 years at the club, he won 38 trophies.

Greater Manchester Police said: "Obviously, it can be a sad and depressing moment when your football team loses a game; however, can we all please remember that 999 is to be used for emergencies only. For any other police-related inquiries that are not an emergency, you can ring 101."

In an audio file released yesterday, the 999 call handler can be heard asking: "Hello. You are through to the police. How can I help?"

Unidentified caller: "Could I speak to Sir Alex Ferguson please?"

"Not by a 999 line, I'm afraid. No."

"Er... Sir Alex... The result is all wrong. They had extra time and it was a total and utter load of rubbish."

"Sir, you're actually on a 999 police line. Is there a crime you'd need to report to the police this evening?"


"Yeah, a crime. Yeah, I'll report a crime."

"And what crime is that?"

"The crime is that Manchester United, Manchester United were absolutely knackered."

The call ended a short time later.