Manchester United fan calls police to demand chat with Ferguson after Sunderland humiliation

Greater Manchester Police have advised Manchester United supporters not to ring 999 if they want to speak to Sir Alex Ferguson after a drunk supporter did just that.

The inebriated fan had called the emergency number in the immediate aftermath of the Capital One Cup semi-final defeat on penalties by Sunderland and demanded to have a chat with Ferguson about the team's fortunes.

That caused the police to issue their peculiar and humourous message, shown below.

The male fan told the police that he did indeed want to report a crime, and that the crime was that Manchester United were 'completely knackered'.

He also added that the 'result was all wrong' and that it was a 'total and utter load of rubbish'.

The fan, like thousands of others, had watched on aghast as United somehow conspired to knock themselves out of the cup and fail to set up a Wembley final with rivals Manchester City next month.

Fan: Yeah could I speak to Sir Alex Ferguson please?

999 respondent: Not by 999 telephone line.

Fan: Sir Alex. The result is all wrong. They had extra time and it was a total and utter load of rubbish.

999: Is there a crime you need to report?

Fan: Yeah a crime. I’ll report a crime.

999: What crime is that?

Fan: The crime is that Man Utd… Man Utd were absolutely knackered.

999: Can I take your name? Address? I’m going to clear the line, OK?

Fan: Yeah can you phone me back?

999: No.

Fan: Why?

999: This is not a police matter.

Fan: Are you a police woman?

999: No I’m a member of police staff, but this is not a 999 matter.

Fan: 999 matter, oh I see, right. OK then…

999: Goodbye.

Fan: Yeah, bye bye.