A group of Manchester United fans stormed Old Trafford in a demonstration against the owners of the team, the Glaser family, before the clash in the Premier League with Liverpool on Sunday.
The protests began at the team hotel with about 1,000 supporters in front of the Lowry Hotel, where the United team was staying.
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The game, which starts at 4:30 p.m. BST / 11:30 a.m. ET, is likely to continue; The Premier League said that the COVID-19 protocols were not violated because the supporters did not reach the locker rooms.
A group of United’s coaching staff was rejected by the gates as a result of the number of supporters on the field.
Two police vans were stationed at the gates used by the team’s coaches since early Sunday morning.
Fans began gathering in the front yard of Old Trafford around 8 a.m. ET. At about 9 a.m., a large group broke the fence around the stadium and moved the protest to the Munich tunnel under Sir Bobby Charlton’s booth.
The move against Glazer has been gaining momentum in recent weeks after the club’s failed attempt to become part of the breakaway European Super League.
United owner Joel Glaser, who was named vice-president of the European Super League two weeks ago, apologized to fans in an open letter after they withdrew from the project.
However, this apology was rejected by the club’s supporters, who protested in front of Old Trafford last week, followed by demonstrations on the training ground of United.
The club was bought by the American Glazer family for 790 million British pounds ($ 1.1 billion) in 2005.
Although listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 2012, Glazers retains majority ownership. The Glaser family also owns the Tampa Bay breweries.
This report included information from Reuters and ESPN correspondent Mark Ogden.