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STATEMENT: West Brom v Man U tickets

Newspapers coverage after SIr Alex Ferguson announces his retirement Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

"We noticed on Wednesday that, within minutes of Manchester United announcing Sir Alex's retirement, there was a huge spike in ticket orders being placed on viagogo. With Manchester United's help, we have identified that the vast majority of these orders were lodged by United season ticket holders.

Therefore, we will not be honouring any ticket orders lodged after 8am on Wednesday, May 8. The safety of fans is paramount, which is why we so vehemently uphold the rules regarding the segregation of supporters.

I am sure that the vast majority of our supporters will keep their tickets and come and get behind the team - like they do at every home game. However, we are monitoring all platforms - like ebay - where there is the potential for tickets to fall into the wrong hands.

Anyone who sells their ticket for a price greater than face value without the consent of the club is regarded as 'ticket touting', which is a criminal offence."


David Cameron: Sir Alex Ferguson could make "life a little easier" for Aston Villa

The Prime Minister has paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson - and suggested he could now help to make "life a little easier" for Aston Villa.

The Manchester United manager announced earlier today he is retiring, after 26 years in charge. David Cameron, who is a Villa fan, said Ferguson's contribution to football has been exceptional.


Leicester footballer pays tribute to Alex Ferguson

The footballer Dion Dublin from Leicestershire has paid tribute to his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson announced his retirement at the end of the season today.

Dublin played with Aston Villa, Coventry City and Leicester City as well as with Manchester United.

He said:

"Thanks Gaffa for the chance you gave me back in 1992 to play for the BIGGEST club in the world & grace OT as a Man United player #indebted"

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