After the kick-off was initially delayed, Man United vs Liverpool have now been postponed after thousands of fans protested outside and inside Old Trafford.
Ahead of Man United’s game against Liverpool, thousands of fans gathered at Old Trafford and at the team’s hotels to protest against the Glazer family.
A few hundred supporters even crossed the barriers to invade the stadium and found themselves on the pitch and in the stands.
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the premier league have issued a statement which reads:
“Due to the security breach at Old Trafford, the Manchester United game against Liverpool has been postponed.
“This is a collective decision by the police, the two clubs, the Premier League and the local authorities.
“The safety and security of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance. We understand and respect the force of sentiment but condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespassing, especially given the associated COVID-19 violations. Fans have many channels to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification.
“We sympathize with the police and the stewards who have had to deal with a dangerous situation which should not have its place in football.
“The redevelopment of the aircraft will be communicated in due course.”
BREAKING: Manchester United’s game against Liverpool has been postponed after fans invaded Old Trafford pitch in protest against club owners.
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– Sky News (@SkyNews) May 2, 2021
Man United have released their own statement and insist “safety and security” concerns were at the root of the postponement:
“Following discussions between the police, the Premier League, the Trafford Council and the clubs, our game against Liverpool has been postponed for security reasons around today’s protest.
“Discussions will now take place with the Premier League on a revised date for the game.
“Our fans are passionate about Manchester United and we fully recognize the right to free expression and peaceful protest.
“However, we regret the disruption of the team and the actions that endangered other supporters, staff and the police. We thank the police for their support and will assist them in any further investigation. “