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Manchester United held up at airport by angry Galatasaray fans ahead of Champions League clash

The Red Devils were greeted by chaotic scenes Ataturk Airport on Monday evening, with police having to use tear gas to suppress fans as the team took an alternative exit

Manchester United's preparations for Tuesday's Champions League clash with Galatasaray were disrupted on Monday when the Red Devils were met by chaotic scenes at an airport in Turkey.

The English side arrived at Ataturk Airport but were forced to leave the building through a separate terminal after their arrival was greeted by almost 1000 fans, who attempted to force their way through to the team.

Sir Alex Ferguson has previous experience of the frenzied atmosphere that awaits his side at Ali Sami Yen stadium and he was glad to have avoided the Galatasaray fans' welcome this time around.

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The United manager told reporters: "We didn't get the greeting by the fans this time - we dodged that.

"In 1993, when we came here, it was incredible. It was something new and quite frightening but we've been here a few times since and we're getting used to the Turkish fanaticism and enthusiasm. It's no issue for us."

Police were forced to disperse the crowd with tear gas, after which Galatasaray football director Abdurrahim Albayrak called for calm amongst the supporters.

"In every aspects, we are a top-class club. We had to welcome our opponents warmly, not in that way," the club official told fans.

"After my reminder, our supporters understood the impostance of welcome and calmed down.

"They hosted us with respect and our first aim is to repay their hospitality."

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