Manchester United bosses ‘call in pest control’ to combat Old Trafford mice infestation as Premier League hygiene ranking plummets
21 Jan 2015
Manchester United have reportedly been forced to call in pest control after battling an ongoing mice infestation.
Each Premier League ground has been given a hygiene rating out of five, with only Old Trafford, Burnley’s Turf Moor and Stoke’s Britannia Stadium failing to achieve top marks.
Despite the rodent problem, the report still marked Man United at four out of five, observing: ‘Aside from the mice activity, damaged floor covering was observed in the Red Cafe along with food debris on a trolley in the walk-in fridge in a 2014 visit. Raw meat was being stored on top of wraps in the freezer of the staff restaurant while the floor of the Trafford/Stretford Kitchen was noted to be greasy and slippery.’
Mice have been spotted on the pitch at Old Trafford during matches in recent seasons, with the club believing the problem to stem from the close proximity to a canal.
According to the Daily Mail, a source said: ‘They’re a nightmare and they struggle to get rid of them,’ with rodents also reportedly being spotted in staff offices in the stadium.
A club spokesperson said: ‘Manchester United implements a robust pest control system throughout Old Trafford. As the report acknowledges, weekly checks are made in all catering areas and stringent measures are taken to ensure high levels of hygiene and cleanliness wherever food is stored, prepared and served. If incidences of this nature do occur at the stadium, immediate and appropriate action will be taken.’