Keeper reveals gas scare
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Edwin Van der Sar claims he suffered from CS gas sprayed at United supporters.
Edwin van der Sar claims it was not just Manchester United supporters that suffered at the hands of local security forces in Tuesday night's UEFA Champions League clash with Lille.
United officials are currently collating reports from those supporters that were present at the game at Felix Bollaert Stadium, with large numbers complaining of over-reactions on the part of the security on duty, while at the same time revealing genuine fears of being crushed.
It would seem now, though, that the panic was not reserved solely for those in the stands, as Van der Sar reports that tear gas got in his eyes - with a zero tolerance approach towards United supporters affecting the players too.
Such was the Dutchman's distress that at one point he signalled to the bench, urging his manager to warm up his understudy Tomasz Kuszczak.
"I thought I was in serious trouble when the gas got in my eyes," conceded Van der Sar.
"At one point I couldn't see what was happening and I shouted to the bench that maybe Tomasz Kuszczak should warm up.
"To be honest, I didn't realise what was happening at first. I broke my nose quite badly against Tottenham a few weeks ago and thought it had something to do with the concussion I suffered then.
"It felt just like the headaches I was getting after suffering that injury.
"Then I realised it was the gas. I had a quick look around to see what the commotion was but I didn't realise they had sprayed anything at the fans until I felt it get in my eyes."