Manchester United’s home game against Liverpool was postponed after Red Devils fans previously entered Old Trafford in an anti-Glazer protest.
United supporters entered the Old Trafford pitch as part of protests against the club’s owners following an earlier gathering outside the team’s hotel ahead of Sunday’s planned visit to Liverpool.
The club’s commitment to the rapidly collapsing European Super League has restored lingering anger over ownership of Old Trafford.
Glazers, who acquired the club through a geared buyout in 2005, have long been unpopular, but have been the subject of increased criticism in recent weeks.
Fans surrounded The Lowry Hotel – where United live before home games – on Sunday and relaxed with red smoke bombs and leading anti-Glazer chants.
However, the demonstration did not end where some supporters gained access to the stadium and then the pitch after first protesting off the ground, with flares thrown at the director’s box and press area. Spectators are currently not allowed at Premier League venues due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Premier League originally announced that the kick-off was delayed with the intention of apparently continuing the match later on Sunday as the two teams confirm they are starting XIs.
But a little over an hour after the initial start time at. 16:30 BST it was confirmed that the game will now be played at a later date.
“After discussions between the police, the Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, our match against Liverpool has been postponed due to safety and security considerations surrounding the protest today. Discussions will now take place with the Premier League on a revised date of the match, ”United said in a statement.
“Our fans are passionate about Manchester United and we fully recognize the right to freedom of expression and peaceful protest.
“However, we regret the disruption of the team and actions that put other fans, staff and the police in danger. We thank the police for their support and will assist them with subsequent investigation. ”
A statement from the Premier League reads: “Following the security breach at Old Trafford, the match between Manchester United and Liverpool has been postponed.
“This is a collective decision by the police, both clubs, the Premier League and local authorities.
“Safety and security for 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 violation, especially given the associated COVID-19 violations.
“Fans have many channels on which they can express their views, but a minority of actions seen today have no justification.
“We sympathize with the police and the managers who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should not have a place in football.
“The rearrangement of the luminaire will be announced over time.”
Liverpool said they were in “full agreement” with the decision to postpone the match, adding: “It is our position that public safety should be the leading factor in such a decision with the ability to provide participants with a safe environment, staff and officials are a particular priority.
“It was clearly not possible for this to be guaranteed today due to a situation that was escalating rapidly.”
The postponement also means Manchester City cannot be crowned Premier League champions until next week.
Pep Guardiola’s men would have taken over the crown from Liverpool if the Reds had beaten second-placed United.