Two Manchester United fans spent Friday night undetected in an Old Trafford toilet in an attempt to see Saturday’s Premier League game against Arsenal.
The supporters, who did not have tickets for the match, entered with a stadium tour but managed to cut themselves off from the remainder of the party.
They were found on Saturday morning during a security sweep of the stadium before being handed over to police, who later decided not to arrest the pair.
United say there was no risk to supporters attending the Arsenal game; the pair had already been searched and their belongings put through a metal detector before they went on the tour.
“We realise people will go to any lengths to watch a game at Old Trafford but these people went too far,” a spokesman for the club had said on the issue.
“(But) The fact that they and their belongings had been searched before entry means we are confident there was no risk to safety.”
This incident comes six months after United’s Premier League game against Bournemouth at Old Trafford had to be called off at short notice when a suspicious package was found in a toilet in the corner of the stadium.
It turned out to be a fake explosive left behind after a security drill held earlier in the week.