Security fears in Istanbul ahead of Man United vs. Fenerbache

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Manchester United head to Istanbul this week to play Turkish giants Fenerbache in the UEFA Europa League but there are plenty of concerns about the situation in Turkey.

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Over the past few days the U.S. government has advised some citizens to leave Turkey amid growing unrest in the country and the region.

Jose Mourinho’s side are due in Istanbul on Wednesday ahead of their clash against Fenerbache in Group A, where a win would all but guarantee them a spot in the knockout stages of the competition.

UEFA is closely monitoring the situation in Istanbul and via Sky Sports in the UK they issued the following statement ahead of the game.

“Whilst there is no information that the threat to US citizens in Turkey also extends to UK citizens, UEFA has today sought the necessary security guarantees from the Turkish Football Federation and the local public authorities regarding the visit of Manchester United and their supporters to Istanbul.

Since the recent military coup and increased terrorist attacks in Turkey, such guarantees have been requested for all UEFA matches organised in Turkey. To date all matches have taken place without security incidents. UEFA will continue to monitor the situation and provide advice and support to clubs as required.”