04/04/2008 12:07, Report by Gemma Thompson
Travelling Reds commended
United fans have been commended for their behaviour in Rome during Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final clash at the Stadio Olimpico.
Ugly scenes on the terraces had marred last season's last eight clash, while December's group game also featured skirmishes on the approach to the stadium. However, this week's match passed off peacefully and, in an official letter to the club, the British Embassy in Rome praised United's travelling faithful.
"I think that the co-operation between the clubs, police forces, football associations and the Embassy really had an impact on securing a successful and trouble free evening for all concerned," stated Matthew Donnelly, HM Consul, British Embassy, Rome. "The stewards and police spotters deserve a special mention for the skilful and calm way in which they handled the supporters.
Of course, the fans play a big part in all of this, and I was delighted to see the generally excellent behaviour of the travelling Manchester United fans. They were a credit to themselves and to the club, and helped everyone inside the stadium to enjoy a fantastic spectacle - just the way it should be."
United themselves were equally proud of the fans' behaviour.
"A lot of hard work went into making sure people had the right information and all credit to the fans for following the advice they were given.," said a club spokesperson. "Their support for the team was fantastic – the chorus of 'Viva Ronaldo' seemed to last for most of the match!”