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Violence threat at United-Rangers game minimized
Independent, August 27th, 2010 1:52AM

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TAGS:  england, scotland, uefa champions league


Martin Bain, the chief executive of Glasgow Rangers, doesn't expect a repeat of the trouble at the 2008 UEFA Cup final in Manchester when the Scottish champion travels to Old Trafford to play Manchester United on Sept. 14 in their UEFA Champions League opener.

Some 150,000 Rangers fans took over Manchester when Rangers played Zenit St. Petersburg in the Uefa Cup final, and rioting broke out when a giant screen failed to work.

"Going down in those vast numbers was obviously a lot for any club and any city to deal with," Bain said. "It was a final. I still believe to this day it was a small minority who spoiled it for the majority, but this is a different tie. The true Rangers supporters did not like those scenes and I am convinced they will go down to Manchester to prove that they are a great set of supporters."

United and Rangers are coordinating with Greater Manchester Police to conduct a huge security operation for the game.

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