Last updated : 12 May 2009 By editor

From the Evening News

'Manchester United have been accused by fans of bribery by using the lure of Champions League final tickets to boost executive ticket sales at Old Trafford.

'The Reds offered executive members a guaranteed ticket for the May 27 Rome showpiece with Barcelona - blackmarket tickets now top £1,000 - if they renewed their home games membership for next season.

'With around 8,000 executive members at United, who pay an average of £3,500 per season, ordinary fans had feared that up to half of the club's 19,000 allocation could have been snapped up by the `prawn sandwich brigade'.

'But the club has said that the offer, which expired on Sunday, resulted in only around 500 renewals.'