May 16, 2021

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Manchester United against Liverpool were eliminated due to protests

Manchester United against Liverpool has been postponed due to a big protest in front of Old Trafford against the owners of the Glaser family.

United fans gathered in thousands in front of the stadium, and some even managed to gain access to the field.

Apart from the large group of Old Trafford supporters, fewer protesters have been at the Lowry Hotel in Salford since the early afternoon. While there, they demonstrated, singing anti-glaze songs and firing torches. As a result, the United coach was unable to leave the hotel.

There was a similar interruption at the Old Trafford protest. Apart from the fans breaking on the playing surface, where some target equipment for broadcasting on the field, the official representative of the match, including the referee Michael Oliver, failed to enter the ground about an hour before the start. Eventually, fans were cleared of the area around Old Trafford, raising hopes that the game would be played. However, just over an hour after the scheduled start time, it was confirmed that the match would be rescheduled.

A Manchester United club spokesman said in a statement: “Following a discussion between the police, the Premier League, the Trafford Council and the clubs, our match against Liverpool has been postponed due to safety and security concerns surrounding today’s protest.

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“Discussions will now take place with the Premier League on a revised match date. Our fans are passionate about Manchester United and we fully recognize the right to free expression and peaceful protest.

“However, we regret the interruption of the team’s work and the actions that endanger other fans, employees and the police. We thank the police for their support and will assist them in any subsequent investigations.”

Shortly afterwards, the Premier League issued its own statement condemning the protests.