It has been reported that Manchester City employees have told builders working on the site that football shirts are banned and anyone found wearing such a shirt could be sacked.
A combination of the recent mild weather and the provocative nature of construction workers led to the United shirts being worn on the site.
The situation had deteriorated so much by Tuesday of last week that City staff allegedly had to order two of the construction team to remove their United shirts.
A worker, who did not wish to be named, told The Telegraph:
Because the weather has been so nice a lot of the lads have been wearing football shirts. Some of those have been United shirts but on Tuesday two lads wearing United shirts were told to cover them up or get off the site.
They asked why and were told that there was a no-football shirt policy. They said it was in the rules but it’s the first we’ve heard of it.
We see a silver Land Rover giving people tours of the site and I think that the club may have been embarrassed by it.
It’s annoying a lot of the lads working there and you are now starting to see bit of ‘MUFC’ graffiti about the place.
They are annoyed because builders always wear old football shirts. The site is in Manchester and so people are going to wear United shirts.
The paper also reported that he claimed “site bosses were carrying out spot inspections at areas of the site where concrete is poured in a bid to stop workers burying United paraphernalia in the foundations”.
This is denied by BAM – the construction firm involved.
Ian Fleming from BAM Construction said:
BAM took the decision from the start of this project to ban all football shirts on site to avoid any partisan alliances being brought into the work place.
This policy is reinforced in all sub-contractors terms of reference. We are treating any football shirts, no matter what the team, in the same way.
We may have missed some but are striving to enforce the policy site wide.
Strict building regulations are laid down for elements of the construction process one of which is for a local building control officer to inspect the quality of a structural concrete pour which includes checking the foundations.