A drunk Manchester United fan called 999 “demanding” to speak to Sir Alex Ferguson following the club’s defeat on Wednesday.
The defending Premier League champions lost to Sunderland, out of the Capital One Cup on penalties as scores were leveled at 3-3 (agg.) after extra-time of their semi-final second-leg clash at Old Trafford.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) received a call at 22:30 GMT (12:30 AM Nigerian Time) by a man from Crumpsall after the team loss.
The force suggested contacting the club to speak to the retired Red Devil boss.
“Obviously, it can be a sad and depressing moment when your football team loses a game, however, can we all please remember that 999 is to be used for emergencies only,” GMP North Manchester said on its Facebook page.
The man, who was said to be in “a drunk state” opened the call by asking to speak to to Mr Ferguson before telling the call handler: “The result is all wrong, they had extra time and it was a total and utter load of rubbish.”
After being asked if he needed to report a crime, the caller replied: “Yes, a crime. I want to report a crime. The crime is that Manchester United were absolutely knackered.”
GMP continued in its statement: “If you would like to speak to Sir Alex about recent football results we here at GMP Manchester North can only suggest you try ringing Manchester United FC directly as you will probably (not definitely) have a much better chance of getting through to him there rather than ringing the police.”
The force said the caller has been warned about inappropriate use of the 999 service, but would not face further action.