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Manchester football fans head to Wembley

Wembley Stadium
Image caption Three Greater Manchester teams are playing at Wembley in the FA Cup Semi-Finals

Tens of thousands of Manchester football fans have travelled to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final match between the city's two Premier League teams.

Manchester City and Manchester United kick off at 1715 BST.

On Sunday, Bolton Wanderers fans will travel to the capital for their team's semi-final against Stoke.

Drivers faced delays as the M1 remained closed between junctions one and four after a fire. They were advised to use the M42 and M40 to return north.

The fire broke out in a scrap yard by the motorway on Friday, causing structural damage to the road.

Temporary structures

John Caldwell, from the Highways Agency, told BBC Radio Manchester the southbound carriageway would not re-open on Saturday, and may not be back to normal on Sunday.

He said engineers were hoping part of the northbound carriageway would be open by the time fans were returning north after the game, if temporary structures could be placed underneath the motorway.

Virgin Trains laid on extra trains from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston, to deal with demand on Saturday.

Three of the return trains could be delayed to accommodate extra-time.

British Transport Police has banned alcohol on the trains before and after the game. Officers will be patrolling at stations and on trains.

More than 190 fans who have football banning orders were sent letters warning them not to try to attend the game.

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