Champions League

UEFA charges United for team's late arrival

Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)
Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)

Nyon - Manchester United have been charged with arriving late for their home Champions League match on Tuesday 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.

As a result, play started five minutes late, disrupting schedules for broadcasters.

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

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho later blamed police who he said "refused" to give the bus an escort from a central hotel.

That claim is being disputed by Greater Manchester police.

The match ended in a 0-0 draw.

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