Published On: Tue, Sep 19th, 2023
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Man Utd break UEFA rules as Erik ten Hag and Andre Onana face probe like Newcastle | Football | Sport

United are set to face Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening as they look to kick off their European campaign in the right way. However, the Red Devils failed to get off on the right foot and appeared to break UEFA rules regarding timings.

Ten Hag was scheduled to speak to the media in Munich at 7.45pm local time but was over 25 minutes late, not appearing until approximately 8.12pm. Although a 27-minute delay is not unusual in England, it holds more weight in Europe.

UEFA rules stipulate that teams must hold their pre-match press conferences between 12pm and 8pm local time the day before a match is played. Therefore, Ten Hag’s arrival was 12 minutes beyond the deadline.

It remains to be seen whether UEFA decide to clamp down on the matter. But the Dutch boss, joined by goalkeeper Andre Onana, was in good spirits when entertaining questions about injury problems within his squad as well as the decision to sign Rasmus Hojlund in the summer rather than Harry Kane, who went on to join Bayern.

Ten Hag was not quizzed on his punctuality by the press, though one would imagine that he would have shared a similar message to Eddie Howe given who was asked about the matter after arriving late to the San Siro on Monday. The Magpies’ boss was unfazed in his reply, citing that a storm meant that he was to blame.

The Newcastle boss said: “It’s just part and parcel of the job that we do. It’s not out of the normal that that can happen. This was a weather problem, but we’ve been in similar situations. It’s something we’re used to, although it’s a slightly later arrival time than we would have liked for the players. It’s no big deal, though.”

Newcastle’s delay did not impact their preparation for their match against AC Milan after they played out a 0-0 draw against the Serie A giants, in what will be seen as a good point to kick off their campaign away from home.

United will be hoping to go one better though and a victory against Bayern would significantly boost morale following their 3-1 loss at the hands of Brighton over the weekend.

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