Furious Manchester United fans stormed the Old Trafford pitch ahead of today’s game against Liverpool in protest at the Glazers’ ownership of the club, with the match protest as a result.
Hundreds of supporters invaded the stadium ahead of the behind-closed-doors Premier League contest to express their anger following plans backed by the Glazer family to join a proposed European Super League, which collapsed soon after.
The Man U invaded the pitch at Old Trafford as the mass protest against the Glazer family’s ownership of the club spilled into chaotic scenes on Sunday, causing the match to be postponed.
They were in thousands at the stadium several hours before kick-off against fierce rivals Liverpool in the Premier League in order to voice their fury at the club’s ownership, in the wake of the disastrous European Super League project – in which the Glazers played a key role.
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Outside the ground, large numbers of supporters were also protesting. A protest was planned outside the ground at 2pm, with fans congregating at least an hour before. A large number of fans ran back out of the stadium complex at around 2.20pm BST.
Kick-off had been scheduled for 4:30pm, but that was delayed following the serious breach of security.
Some fan made it back on to the Old Trafford pitch for a second time
The fixture was scheduled to kick off at 16:30 BST on Sunday.
“This is a collective decision from the police, both clubs, the Premier League and local authorities,” said the Premier League.
Talks will now take place about re-arranging the game.
Fans had gathered outside the ground and scores of green and gold flares – the colours of United’s first shirts when they were Newton Heath, and of the original anti-Glazer protests in 2010 – were set off at 14:00.
The protests follow United’s decision, along with five fellow Premier League clubs, to join the European Super League (ESL) last month, before they subsequently all pulled out.
Supporters are currently not allowed into grounds because of the coronavirus pandemic but United fans got on to the Old Trafford pitch to protest and, even though they were removed, some then made it back on to the grass later on.
Manchester United lock horns with Liverpool looking to boost their chances of finishing second in the Premier League table.
But, before the game at Old Trafford, fans stormed the stadium.
Supporters were protesting over the Glazers’ running of the club, with the Americans under fire in the wake of their failed European Super League plot.
Some made their way onto the turf, with images and clips from social media showing large numbers inside the ground.
The stadium was then placed in lockdown – not for the first time this year.
And it’s now been confirmed the match has been officially postponed.
A Premier League statement read: “This is a collective decision from the police, both clubs, the Premier League and local authorities.
“The security and safety of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance.
“We understand and respect the strength of feeling but condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass, especially given the associated Covid-19 breaches.
“Fans have many channels by which to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification.
“We sympathise with the police and stewards who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should have no place in football.
“The rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course.”