A group of urban climbers who scaled their way into Old Trafford have been labelled “stupid and irresponsible” by Manchester United.
The free-runners sneaked into Old Trafford ahead of Michael Carrick’s testimonial last weekend with the city still on high alert after the Ariana Grande concert terror attack.
The men climbed up one of the stand walls via cables and onto the roof at Old Trafford, before sitting in the dug outs and running on the pitch.
The gang even filmed their exploits and posted a 10 minute video on Youtube entitled ‘Sneaking into Manchester Stadium (Old Trafford)’, which many viewers condemned in the wake of the recent terror attacks.
A Manchester United spokesman hold the Daily Mail: “In the early hours of last Sunday morning, stadium security chased four urban climbers off the premises at Old Trafford after they had gained access to the stadium illegally, by scaling the outer works area of the stadium and gaining access to the roof.
“Such efforts appear to be motivated by a trend for similar actions on social media and followed a successful attempt to climb to the roof of a city centre hotel earlier that day.
“Their stupid and irresponsible actions, especially at such a sensitive time, put last Sunday’s game at risk and occupied both club staff and, more importantly, police officers in hours of work to make sure that the stadium was safe to stage the match.
“The response of the police was outstanding. With over 130,000 people coming into the Old Trafford area on Sunday, the last thing they needed was to have their time wasted in this way. But as ever, they conducted a thorough search of the stadium to confirm it was safe to hold the match.”