Extra police to supervise ticketless fans at Wigan

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Extra police will be on duty for Manchester United's decisive Premier League game at Wigan tomorrow.

Greater Manchester Police are expected to double their normal number of officers, in anticipation of a large number of United fans travelling the short distance to Wigan without a ticket for the match. The Wigan chairman, Dave Whelan, fears that a large number of people without tickets may congregate outside the JJB Stadium or in the town centre, ready for a celebration should United win the title.

The GMP chief superintendent, Lee Bruckshaw, said his force was well equipped to cope with any eventuality. He said: "While we do not discuss staffing levels, I am satisfied we have sufficient cover to police all eventualities and to ensure the game and any post-match celebrations pass off without trouble."

The Premier League will share the policing bill for the match with Wigan.

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