The capacity for Manchester United’s game against Burnley in the Carabao Cup next week has been reduced.
In an official statement issued by the club today, it was confirmed that the sold out game has been reduced to a capacity of 62,000.
The article quotes “unavailability of ambulance service personnel as a result of a day of industrial action affecting North West Ambulance Service” as the reason for the reduction.
It went on to say, “The club has been advised by safety authorities to reduce the capacity.”
The stands that have been closed are West Stand tier 2 and North Stand tier 3.
Though the club looked at alternatives it clarified that, “It was not possible to move the match to another date due to the unavailability of other key public services and matchday staff over the Christmas period.”
The club has written to the affected ticket holders offering them a refund.
“We will do our utmost to relocate anyone who is impacted and has not chosen to accept a refund,” it reads, “prioritising Full and Cup Season Ticket holders.”
It concludes by saying “We will provide a further update tomorrow detailing next steps.”
United beat Villa 4-2 at Old Trafford in the last round and will be hoping to continue that cup run with a result against Burnley.
It is the Reds’ first game back after the World Cup.
Tournament finalists such as Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez are unlikely to take part but otherwise a strong squad is expected.