By 90Min
October 24, 2019

Harry Maguire has insisted his side will follow the necessary UEFA protocol if Manchester United are subjected to racist abuse during their Europa League clash with Partizan Belgrade on Thursday night.

The Serbian club were recently handed a two-match stadium ban as punishment for racist abuse from their own supporters, with Thursday's clash set to be played in front of a sellout crowd again after the completion of the sanction.

The world's most expensive defender admitted he is hoping to avoid the 'sickening' racist abuse England players were subject to during their recent Euro 2020 clash with Bulgaria but claimed his side have discussed the steps to take if they're subjected to abuse in the Serbian capital. 

Just this week UEFA hit the country's federation with a two-match ban on spectators, the second of which is suspended for a 12-month probationary period, after racist chanting was directed towards Portugal's players in September's defeat in Belgrade.

However, Maguire spoke of his trust in UEFA to deal with any potential abuse, ahead of the European encounter.

"We will trust UEFA to follow their protocol with the three steps," he said, as quoted by the Mirror. "Obviously Sofia was a sickening atmosphere, it was something I don't want to be part of again. We're positive tomorrow night will be a great atmosphere, one we're all looking forward to playing in. 

"If something does goes off, then we'll follow the three-step protocol and I'm sure there will be people on and off the pitch doing their bit to make things better for the future."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also added to the discussion by claiming his United side were primed for any scenario in Belgrade. The Norwegian spoke of his 'belief' in the people to act accordingly, while also mentioning it is up to his side to play good football and give the home support nothing to chant about.

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"In the aftermath of what happened in Bulgaria we had a meeting with the boys and, as Harry said, we've gone through the protocol," he said. 


"But I believe in people and I'm sure the atmosphere here will be fantastic, we'll try and keep them quiet by playing good football.

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