Manchester United’s Premier League match against Liverpool was postponed on Sunday after United fans stormed the stadium and stormed Old Trafford to protest against the club’s owners, the Glazers.
“Following a discussion between the police, the Premier League, the Trafford Council and the clubs, our match against Liverpool was postponed for safety and security reasons around the protest today,” United said in a statement after the game.
“Discussions will now take place with the Premier League on a revised match date.”
Liverpool have issued a statement saying they fully agree with the decision.
An hour after the scheduled start at 1
Manchester police say about 100 United fans have taken to the field, some firing rockets and others carrying placards calling on the Glazers to end their ownership of the club they bought in 2005. A young fan was photographed on top of a of the goals.
Police said some United officials had locked themselves in the rooms.
The match was played behind closed doors due to the restrictions of COVID-19, but this did not stop chaotic and ugly scenes inside and outside Old Trafford, which left a police officer in need of emergency treatment after being cut with a bottle, Manchester police said. .
Media coverage of the game, including Reuters, was kept outside as the stadium was locked after fans were removed.
A statement from the Premier League said: “After the breach of security at Old Trafford, the match between Manchester United and Liverpool has been postponed.
“This is a collective decision of the police, the two clubs, the Premier League and the local authorities. The safety and security of everyone at Old Trafford remains paramount. We understand and respect the power of feelings, but we condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and violation, especially given the related violations of COVID-19. “
There was no information when the match would be played. Second United needed a win to prevent Manchester City from being crowned champions on Sunday.
While the protest was planned and largely peaceful, it went into chaos as fans stormed the stadium.
Hundreds of fans also gathered outside, releasing green and gold torches – the colors of United’s shirts – when they were shaped like Newton Heath and accepted by those who regularly protested against the club’s hierarchy.
Horse police moved to try to clear areas outside the stadium and there were ugly collisions with bottles and barriers thrown at police officers.
“The behavior demonstrated today by those at Old Trafford and Hotel Lowry was reckless and dangerous,” said GMP Assistant Chief of Police Russ Jackson.
“We understand the passion that many supporters have for their team and we fully respect the right to peaceful protest. But it soon became clear that many present did not intend to do so peacefully. “
The protest is after United’s initial decision to join the European Super League along with five other English clubs. Plans for this breakaway league fell apart within days due to widespread opposition.
Former United defender Gary Neville, who has been a fierce critic of the club’s decision to join the Super League, was on the ground as part of Sky Sports’s comment team.
“The reason these thousands and thousands of fans came today is that they have had enough. That’s enough, ‘said Neville.
“We can make the story today about the turmoil and I think that should be reflected, but the story should be for Manchester United fans. Enough of them. The next few months will be very difficult. “
Speaking before the protest, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “It is important that the views of the fans are heard and we communicate better. My job is to focus on the football side and have the best possible team. “