first_img Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more appointed TOP WORK Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff SORRY gameday cracker latest Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ revealed DAMNING CONTRIBUTORY FACTORS RESULTING IN MR WHALE’S DEATH Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? The tragic incident occurred inside Old Trafford after Manchester United hosted arch rivals Manchester City in December 2017 scrap The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 center_img Manchester United say they have taken steps to improve fan safety after they were found to be at fault for the death of a supporter who fell at Old Trafford two years ago.Richard John Whale, 80, died from head injuries sustained from falling down a flight of steps while leaving the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand towards the end of a game against Manchester City in December 2017. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos LATEST Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion AFP or Licensors Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT “We work with independent safety inspectors from the local council, as well as national stadium safety inspectors, to ensure the correct procedures are administered.“We were fully compliant with all applicable regulations at the time of this tragic accident and the coroner’s investigation resulted in a conclusion of accidental death.“However, we constantly seek to learn and improve on our procedures and we welcomed the observations in the coroner’s report on opportunities for further risk reduction, which we have now implemented.”A spokesperson for Trafford Council said: “Following the inquest into this tragic incident, the council worked with Manchester United to implement the recommendations of the coroner to ensure the safety of all fans and visitors to the stadium.” 1 The report revealed that United accepted the stewards ‘were not complying with the code of conduct’ but it also stated, ‘there was no evidence of regular audits of stewards and their compliance with the code of conduct’.United say they have acted upon the areas of concern regarding safety made in the report.A club spokesperson said: “Everyone at Manchester United was deeply saddened by the death of Mr Whale and the club continues to extend its sincere condolences to his family.“The health and safety of all supporters and visitors at Old Trafford is of utmost importance to Manchester United and we go to great lengths to ensure procedures are monitored and adhered to at all times. The cause of death was ruled as accidental at an inquest in November 2018 but the coroner noted the positioning of two stewards had been a contributory factor.The stewards were stood either side of the staircase, effectively narrowing the exit and blocking access to both handrails.There was also a ‘lack of awareness by the stewards of their surroundings’, according to a ‘Report to Prevent Future Deaths’ written by the coroner, Alison Mutch.The report, sent to United and the local authority, recommended changes at the stadium due to ‘a risk future deaths will occur unless action is taken’. * Stewards impeding the exit.* Their obstruction of access to both handrails.* Their lack of awareness of their surroundings.All three were listed on Mr Whale’s death certificate. MOST READ IN FOOTBALLlast_img

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