Manchester United team coach was delayed in traffic on its way from the Lowry Hotel in Manchester city centre to the stadium, with manager Jose Mourinho later blaming the police for the delay after they were refused an escort to the ground.
However, Greater Manchester Police have since insisted that they have been in consultation with clubs “over a period of months” to inform them that they will now only provide police escorts when there is a risk to players.
Kickoff was delayed by five minutes for the Group H clash, which ended in a 0-0 draw as United’s winless run stretched to four matches across all competitions.
Valencia have also been charged as both teams were reportedly late out of their dressing rooms, even after the new kickoff time had been agreed.
UEFA have also charged the Spanish outfit for a kit infringement due to their substitutes wearing neck warmers with the manufacturers’ logo visible.\
The European governing body’s regulations shows that late kick-offs bring a warning to the coach and team for the first infringement. A second infringement brings a €10,000 fine for the team and one-match under probation for the coach.
Issues relating to team arrivals can bring a warning or €5,000 fine for the second offence