A DRUNK Manchester United fan called police and demanded to speak to former boss Sir Alex Ferguson after his team lost to Sunderland in last night’s Capital One Cup semi-final.
Greater Manchester Police said they received the bizarre called from a distressed supporter in Crumpsall in North Manchester at 10.30pm, just after the match which saw Sunderland win 2-1 on penalties.
Greater Manchester Police released a statement on their GMP Manchester North Facebook page on this morning.
It said: “Last night, at approximately 10.30pm a man from the Crumpsall area of north Manchester rang 999 in a drunken state demanding to speak to Sir Alex Ferguson about last night’s result.
“Obviously, it can be a sad and depressing moment when you’re 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 enquiries that are not an emergency, you can ring 101.
“If you would like to speak to Sir Alex about recent football results we here at GMP Manchester North can only suggest you try ringing Manchester United FC directly as you will probably (not definitely) have a much better chance of getting through to him there rather than ringing the police.”
Diane Grandidge, GMP’s business lead for call handling, said: “Silly calls like this one are thoughtless and can make a difference in a life and death situation. As a force we receive thousands of emergency and non-emergency calls, which is why I would urge those considering making such pranks to think twice.
“Our call handlers should be able to focus their efforts on real emergencies as they are happening. Hoax calls could delay an officer responding to a real emergency. You wouldn’t want your own emergency call being delayed by someone tying up a line with a hoax.”