The Premier League match up against Manchester United’s against Liverpool was postponed after about 200 fans broke into Old Trafford to protest against the Glazer family’s ownership of the club.
The match was fixed for 16:30 BST (British Summer Time) but was interrupted by fans following Manchester United’s decision along with 5 other premier League clubs to join the European Super League (ESL) last month before individually pulling out of the contract later.
Manchester United fans are currently not allowed to enter into the Old Trafford pitch due to the current coronavirus pandemic but desperate protesters made their way somehow into the stadium and even though they were subsequently removed, they still found their way onto the foregrounds later on.
It is the first time ever that a Premier League match would be postponed due to protests from fans.
The police did their utmost best to contain the situation and have recently revealed that 2 of their men are now currently injured from the protest.
“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… We sympathise with the police and stewards who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should have no place in football.”Premier League
“The security and safety of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance,” they added.
The football Association will be in collaboration with the Premier League, Manchester United and safety authorities to determine what really caused the protest.
“We have launched an investigation and we will be working closely alongside partners to ensure we establish the full circumstances surrounding the events and prosecute those responsible.”
The game having been called off at around 17:35 didn’t give room for either club members, be it Manchester United or Liverpool to leave their hotel for the match at all.
United fans had also gathered at the Lowry Hotel where their side’s players were staying prior to the match.
A Liverpool win on Sunday would have handed Manchester City the title for the third time in four seasons which is now still undetermined due the current state of things. Discussion will now take place about re-arranging the game.
Heated Clash with the British Police
“It became clear that many of those present were not intending to exercise their right to peaceful protest and that flares were let off and bottles thrown at officers”Greater Manchester Police (GMP)
They further added that, whilst protesters were being sent out of the stadium, protesters at the foregrounds started throwing things at horses and the policemen on guard injuring 2 policemen in the turmoil and requiring immediate medical attention.
Reports showed that the disorder included serious clashes with police around the entrance to the Munich tunnel one which runs behind the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand at Old Trafford.
Manchester United in an interview afterwards said;
“Our fans are passionate about Manchester United, and we completely acknowledge the right to free expression and peaceful protest.
However, we regret the disruption to the team and actions which put other fans, staff, and the police in danger.
We thank the police for their support and will assist them in any subsequent investigations.
Club Liverpool, voiced out in agreement to the postponement of the match saying
“It is our position that public safety must be the number one factor in any such decision, with the ability to provide a secure environment for the participants, staff and officials being a particular priority,”
It was clearly not possible for this to be guaranteed due to a situation which escalated rapidly.”
What is the cause of these protests?
There has been a prevalent campaign against the Glazer family since the Americans’ controversial leveraged takeover of the club in 2005.
In response to the impending European Super League collapsing, Joel Glazer – Manchester United co-chairman said the club “apologised unreservedly” but the Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) said it had “zero trust in the owners”.