UEFA have fined Manchester United a total of £13,200 after the team arrived late to their Champions League match with Valencia, delaying the kick off as a result.
United did not arrive at Old Trafford until 7:15pm as a result of traffic in Manchester, so the start of the match was delayed to give their players a chance to sufficiently warm up.
However, both United and Valencia were then late leaving their dressing rooms, forcing kick off to be delayed even further.
BREAKING: @UEFA fine @ManUtd £13,200 for the team’s late arrival and late kick-off in the Champions League against Valencia. #SSN
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 19, 2018
As reported by Sky Sports, the late arrival and late kick off of the match was the reason behind the £13,200 fine.
Mourinho has previously spoken about the incident, insisting that Greater Manchester Police’s reluctance to order an escort for the team bus is to blame for his side’s lateness.
He said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News:
“And UEFA were nice, the referee was nice to allow us to start the game five minutes later because we at least need half an hour to be prepared but was not a problem with the club organisation.
“We anticipate everything that it could be dangerous, in the sense of arriving late but we were informed the police refused an escort.”
Valencia, who were staying in a hotel more than six miles away from the ground, managed to make it to Old Trafford on time, despite the heavy traffic around the city. The match itself ended 0-0, in what proved to be an easily-forgettable encounter.