Manchester United issued a statement in response to the scenes at Old Trafford on Sunday, saying that allegations that officials had opened doors to fans on the pitch were “completely incorrect”.
There was a mass protest against the Glaser group in front of the stadium before their clash with Liverpool, which led to the penetration of some fans and out on the field. Eventually, this led to a postponement of the game, leaving the club with a headache that was entering the last part of the season.
Questions were raised about how fans had access to the stadium in the first place and there were suggestions that staff should play a role. But United categorically denied this while threatening sanctions on all fans involved in “criminal activity” at the stadium.
A statement from the club said: “After yesterday’s events [Sunday]while many fans wanted to exercise their right to protest and express their views in a peaceful way, some intended to disrupt the team’s preparation and the game itself, as evidenced by the activity at the Lowry Hotel and the stadium.
“The reports in the mass and social media that the protesters had access to the stadium and the field through the gate opened by the club staff are completely untrue.
“After breaking through the barriers and security of the front yard, some protesters climbed the gates at the end of the Munich tunnel, then forced access to a side door in the rostrum before opening an outer door to lead others to the bay area and terrain. .
“A second violation occurred when a protester smashed the door of an elevator for disabled access, allowing a group to enter the stand.
“Most of our fans have and will condemn criminal damage, along with any violence against club staff, police or other fans, and this is already becoming a police issue. The club is reluctant to see punished peaceful protesters, but will work with the police to identify those involved in criminal activity and will also issue its own sanctions to each subscription holder or member identified under the published sanctions policy.
“Information on rescheduling the game and possible consequences for other competitions will be announced after discussion and agreement with the Premier League.
“We remain committed to the dialogue and engagement with our fans through the Fan Forum and other relevant channels.”