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Harry Maguire is hopeful there will be no repeat of the “sickening” racist abuse England endured in Bulgaria when Manchester United face Partizan Belgrade on Thursday.
Maguire says they have spoken about Uefa’s protocol ahead of the Europa League tie.
The Serbian side played their last two European home games behind closed doors after racist abuse by supporters.
“We will trust Uefa to follow their protocol,” Maguire said.
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“Sofia was a sickening atmosphere, something I don’t want to be part of again.
“We’re positive tomorrow night will be a great atmosphere, one we’re all looking forward to playing in.
“If something does goes off, then we’ll follow the three-step protocol and I’m sure there will be people on and off the pitch doing their bit to make things better for the future.”
The world’s most expensive defender was on the field for England in Bulgaria for a Euro 2020 qualifier that was marred by racism.
His first away trip since then comes on Thursday night in the Europa League in Serbia – a country facing well-documented issues with racism.
Serbia were given a two-match ban on spectators, the second of which is suspended for a 12-month probationary period, after racist behaviour in September’s defeat by Portugal in Belgrade.
“In the aftermath of what happened in Bulgaria we had a meeting with the boys and, as Harry said, we’ve gone through the protocol,” said Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“But I believe in people and I’m sure the atmosphere here will be fantastic, we’ll try and keep them quiet by playing good football.
“We’ve spoken in general on subjects but of course Harry and Marcus Rashford who were in Bulgaria, they were freer to talk about the atmosphere, how it was, what we can expect, what’s the worst-case scenario.”