An inebriated Manchester United supporter phoned the emergency services and demanded to speak to Sir Alex Ferguson after the club’s Capital One Cup exit, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has revealed.
United crashed out of the competition after losing a penalty shootout to Sunderland at Old Trafford on Wednesday, with a number of fans opting to drown their sorrows after the latest in a string of disappointing results for manager David Moyes.
The Red Devils’ failure to book a Wembley final against rivals Manchester City led one supporter to try to reach out to United’s former boss Ferguson, who retired in 2013 after 26-and-a-half trophy laden years at the club.
However, his call to 999 was in vain, with Greater Manchester Police taking to Facebook on Thursday to urge people not to repeat the frivolous use of the emergency number, though recognising that football defeats could be “depressing”.
The GMP statement 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 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 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 directly as you will probably (not definitely) have a much better chance of getting through to him there rather than ringing the police."
Elsewhere, GMP’s Chorlton branch engaged in some friendly social media banter after the result, posting a sly dig at Phil Jones -- one of four United players to miss a penalty against Sunderland -- on Twitter.
Football found in Chorlton; early investigations suggest it may belong to Phil Jones ;/— GMP Chorlton (@GMPChorlton) January 22, 2014