MANCHESTER UNITED manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to lead his team off the pitch if there is racism in Belgrade tonight.
Europa League hosts Partizan Belgrade had to play their last two matches behind closed doors after racist abuse from their supporters.
1 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has vowed to take Man Utd off the pitch if they are racially abusedCredit: AP:Associated Press
Solskjaer and his United players will follow Uefa’s three-step protocol should there be a repeat in Serbia.
Gareth Southgate’s England side came close to walking off in their Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria last week due to racist chanting.
Solskjaer said: “In the aftermath of what happened in Bulgaria we had a meeting with the boys.
“We’ve gone through the protocol but I believe in people and I’m sure the atmosphere will be fantastic. We’ll try and keep them quiet by playing good football.
“We trust Uefa but hopefully it’s a celebration of good football.”
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United’s Three Lions stars Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire witnessed the racist abuse in Sofia.
Solskjaer said: “We’ve spoken in general on subjects but, of course, Harry and Marcus were in Bulgaria and were freer to talk about the atmosphere, what we can expect and the worst-case scenario.”
Centre-half Maguire added: “We will trust Uefa to follow their protocol with the three steps. Sofia was a sickening atmosphere, something I don’t want to be involved in again.
“If something goes off, we’ll follow the three-step protocol and I’m sure people are doing their bit on and off the pitch to make things better in future.”
United have banned one of their own fans indefinitely after he shouted racist abuse at Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold in Sunday’s 1-1 draw.
Solskjaer said: “I’m happy the club have ID’d him, it’s something we feel strongly about and we’re going to stamp down as much as we can.”
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Solskjaer, who was sitting with Kane’s England team-mate Maguire, said: “I like someone who can finish half a chance — and he does that.
“Harry’s played with Harry but he’s a Tottenham player.”