Stretford Police have announced the arrest of a Middlesbrough fan who attended Friday night’s spectacular FA Cup upset at Old Trafford on suspicion of leaving their kid alone in a hotel room as they celebrated the fourth-round victory.
It was a night to remember for the promotion-chasing Championship team, who extended their good form under new manager Chris Wilder by defeating Manchester United on penalties (7-8) following a 1-1 draw.
While the occasion and historic result warranted several ‘Boro celebrations, one foolish supporter’s night ended in humiliation.
The fan is believed to have left their 11-year-old child in a hotel as they celebrated the triumph, alarming the child’s mother.
Stretford Police have verified that they looked after the youngster as the mother traveled down from Teesside.
A statement on their Twitter account read: “Boro away fan arrested for child neglect last night, after choosing to leave his 11yr child in the hotel after the game whilst he went into town celebrating their victory drinking.
“We have looked after the child with an unhappy mum on her way down from N/East to collect him.”
A police spokeswoman added: “In the early hours of Saturday 5 February 2022, police received a report of concern for the welfare of a child.
“Inquiries established that an 11-year-old boy was asleep alone in a hotel room in Trafford.
“A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect. He remains in police custody for questioning.”