Manchester City forced to clarify sunscreen policy for fans after criticism from skin cancer charity

Temperatures reached 31C on Saturday, 13 August, as fans packed the Etihad Stadium to see Man City play Bournemouth. Credit: PA Images

Manchester City have been criticised by a skin cancer charity after fans were told they could not take sun cream to the Etihad Stadium.

A message, on the Twitter account @mancityhelp, responded to a fan's question about protecting themselves from the sunshine, prior to Saturday’s Premier League match against Bournemouth, where temperatures reached 31C.

The response from the club’s supporter services team said: “Sun cream will not be permitted on entry into the stadium.

“We advise supporters to apply this before coming and to bring a hat and water.”

Melanoma UK, the country’s leading melanoma patient organisation, branded City’s apparent policy “disappointing” and “very worrying”.

It said: “Really? You won’t allow sunscreen into the stadium? What is the explanation?

“You must be aware of the increase in skin cancers and the danger of UVA & UVB? Not here to criticise, but this is very worrying.

"Happy to work with you in awareness. Many footballers have had melanoma.

“Your supporter services team have got this wrong. You cannot expect a stadium full of fans (many of them children) not to have sunscreen with them.

“Help protect them – link up with someone who can provide the sunscreen inside the stadium. This is so disappointing.”

However, City said the advice given was wrong and apologised for an “administrative error”.

Clarifing the position they said: “Manchester City can confirm that supporters were allowed to bring sun cream into the Etihad Stadium at Saturday’s match.

“The tweet in question, which was published in reply to an enquiry on the club’s matchday Twitter account was incorrect, and we would like to apologise to supporters for this administrative error.

“The health and safety of supporters is our priority and we will ensure that internal processes are reviewed following this matter.”

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