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Manchester United to lay on coaches for fans in Moscow but warn of Syria terror alert

By Samuel Luckhurst
MEN, 16 Oct 2015

Man Utd have laid on free shuttles to Arena Khimki for supporters ahead of the Champions League game with CSKA Moscow next week.

Manchester United will lay on coaches for supporters in Moscow for next week's Champions League group stage fixture with CSKA but have warned them about numerous 'safety concerns'.

United, in partnership with Aeroflot, have invited Reds to book free shuttles to and from Arena Khimki next Wednesday, ahead of the club's third match in Moscow.

However, United have warned supporters Moscow is on high alert over the Russian airstrikes in Syria and a 'heavy and strict' police presence is expected.

"Following the commencement of the Russian airstrikes in Syria, Moscow and other urban areas are on high alert," a letter to United fans reads.

"We do anticipate a heavy Police presence, which is anticipated to be strict. Please consider this at all times, particularly if choosing to drink in the day.

"Please take extra precautions to stay safe, and do not attract unnecessary attention to yourselves, or other supporters..

Reds are advised to stick to the popular Red Square and other tourist attractions, since they are 'the nicest and safest places to be', and not display flags in the city centre.

"It is not advisable to display flags in the city centre, as on a recent trip, other English supporters experienced their flags being destroyed or stolen," the letter adds.

United were given an allocation of 848 standard tickets, priced at 18.50, as well as an additional 200 VIP tickets, which cost 30.

Those travelling to the Russian capital from the UK require a visa, and United worked with the Manchester United Supporters' Trust for biometric equipment to be installed at Old Trafford before the Wolfsburg game last month.

For the 2008 Champions League final in Moscow, Uefa waived visa rules ahead of the influx of United and Chelsea supporters, with match tickets used as a substitute during a 72-hour period around the game.

Uefa provided a stream of coaches outside Domodedovo Airport to transport arriving United supporters to Red Square on the day of the final, while the immaculate Metro was also free of charge to supporters on the day of the showpiece occasion

United returned to the Luzhniki Stadium to face CSKA in 2009, when around 800 United supporters made the 4,000-mile round trip.
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