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Drunken fan calls British emergency service following Manchester United loss

Manchester United's manager David Moyes

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A drunken soccer fan called Britain's national emergency number, asking to speak with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson following the club's latest defeat.

Manchester police say they received a call from someone in North Manchester shortly after United's loss to Sunderland on penalty kicks in the League Cup semi-final Wednesday night.

"Obviously, it can be a sad and depressing moment when your football team loses a game," read a statement posted by the force posted on its Facebook page. "However can we all please remember that 999 is to be used for emergencies only."

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"For any other police related enquiries that are not an emergency, you can ring 101."

"If you would like to speak to Sir Alex about recent football results we here at GMP Manchester North can only suggest you try ringing Manchester United FC directly as you will probably (not definitely) have a much better chance of getting through to him there rather than ringing the police."

Mancheser United have struggled this year, the first season under new manager David Moyes, who replaced the legendary Ferguson. The reigning league champions are seventh in the Premier League standings, 14 points behind leaders Arsenal and have also been elminated from further play in the FA Cup.

This is not the first time irate soccer fans have called England's emergency number to complain about their team. According to the Guardian newspaper, a fan in Nottinghamshire called police to report Nani's red card in the Champions League match against Real Madrid as a 'crime'.

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