Greater Manchester Police criticized protesters for ‘hostile’ behavior as six officers were injured
One person has been arrested following protests by Manchester United supporters.
The Red Devils’ Premier League clash against Liverpool has been postponed after fans traveled to Old Trafford and the pitch to express their anger at the club owners.
They also targeted the Lowry Hotel, where the United players were staying, and prevented the team from making it to the stadium.
The protests turned violent when flares, bottles and barriers were thrown at the police and six policemen were injured.
What was said?
A Greater Manchester Police statement read: “Six officers have been injured so far, one officer suffered a fractured eye socket, requiring medical treatment, and another was injured in the face, as a result of the throwing of bottles and cans from the crowd A third policeman was dragged and kicked The policeman who went to the hospital has since been discharged.
“As the situation escalated in hostility, additional officers had to be deployed and officers from neighboring forces had to be recruited to assist officers in Greater Manchester.
“A 28-year-old man has been arrested as a result of this investigation and all available evidence is urgently examined to identify both the organizers of this protest and those responsible for the assaults on the officers.”
Police denounce ‘atrocious’ behavior
Deputy Chief Constable Nick Bailey has criticized the conduct of some United fans during the protests.
“The behavior shown at this protest was absolutely excruciating,” Bailey said.
“The officers were just trying to do their job and facilitate a peaceful protest, but a number of those present became hostile and aggressive towards the officers and forcibly entered the football fields, making it very clear that this protest was not was not peaceful and ruining it for the majority of the demonstrators who did not intend for the demonstration to turn violent.
“Our officers tried to dialogue with the demonstrators, but were faced with violence and assaults which resulted in coercive measures. Enforcement will always be a last resort, but under these circumstances it was deemed necessary to maintain security in a situation that was increasing hostility. “
When will Man Utd vs Liverpool game take place?
There is still no confirmation of when the game will play after Sunday’s postponement.
Rescheduling the clash will prove difficult as United are in action midweek as they conclude their Europa League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are also set to make the final on May 26 as they have a 6-2 lead in the first leg of the last four games.
United are then in the Premier League again over the next two Wednesdays before the campaign ends on 23 May.