Labourers working on the new Manchester City training complex have been banned from wearing football shirts by construction company BAM.

A worker, who did not wish to be named, told the Manchester Evening News that builders wearing Manchester United jerseys were told to take them off. He added that all football shirts have now been banned and claimed that bosses are threatening people with the sack if they are seen to be flouting this rule. However, BAM has maintained that this is a rule imposed on building sites across the world and it was not discrimination against United supporters.

The 80-acre development will soon be home to the Etihad Campus, a state-of-the-art training facility for Manchester City's first team and development squads. It is expected to cost around £120 million and allow the Blues to not only have a world class facility where international superstars can train but also where they can nurture the next generation of City players.

Officials regularly give tours of the site and the worker explained to the news provider that the sight of red tops of their deadly rivals may have been slightly embarrassing. He added that the initial issue came to a head when two Manchester United supporting workers were told to take their shirts off as there was a "no-football shirt policy" but the builders claimed that they had never heard of it before.

He added that the animosity has led to a few United fans leaving their mark on the complex, telling the news provider: "It’s annoying a lot of the lads working there and you are now starting to see bit of ‘MUFC’ graffiti about the place."

Ian Fleming, BAM Construction, defended the company's policy and told the newspaper: "This policy is reinforced in all sub-contractors terms of reference. We are treating any football shirts, no matter what the team, in the same way. We may have missed some but are striving to enforce the policy site wide."

The Etihad Campus is expected to be completed in time for the 2014/15 season.

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