Man United-Liverpool was postponed after fans broke into the stadium
Thousands of angry Manchester United fans gathered at Old Trafford, and about 200 broke into the pitch to protest the club’s owners following the now-defunct Super League.
Fans broke into the stadium and lit colorful torches on the pitch, hours before United’s scheduled kick-off against Liverpool. If Manchester United lose, the Premier League title will go to Manchester City.
Due to the chaos in the stadium, the Premier League delayed kick-off for the game while players were held at their hotels until it was safe to arrive at the stadium. Manchester United and the Premier League have decided to postpone the game around 12:45 p.m. ET, more than an hour after it was scheduled to start.
Manchester United postpones the game
Manchester United, one of the leagues boycotting social media over the weekend to fight against online abuse, released a statement to outlets:
“Following talks between the police, the Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, our game against Liverpool was postponed for security reasons in connection with today’s protest. Talks with the Premier League will now take place on a revised date for the game.
“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 to the team and the actions that put other fans, staff and the police at risk. We thank the police for their support and will assist them in any future investigations. “
The Premier League released its own statement in which it wrote in part:
“We understand and respect the power of emotion, but we condemn all acts of violence, criminal harm and violations, especially in the face of the COVID-19 violations involved. Fans have many channels to express their views, but the actions of a minority, seen today have no justification.
“We sympathize with the police and the stewards who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should have no place in football. The rearrangement of the headlight will be communicated in due course. “
Manchester United fans break into the stadium
Protests were planned in front of the gates of the games, like last week. The fans were angry about the big clubs’ plans for a Super League. United were one of six English clubs to be eliminated from the breakaway league within 72 hours of announcing they were ready to start.
This was mainly due to fan protests that have continued since the April 18 announcement. More than 1,000 fans gathered at Old Trafford last Saturday to protest, and thousands more were expected on Sunday. In Manchester’s case, they are still protesting against the club’s owners, including co-owner Joel Glazer of the Glazer family, holding signs saying “greedy” and “selfish”. Glazer was named vice chairman of the European Super League before it worked out.
About 200 of those fans broke security on Sunday and entered the stadium, carrying torches onto the pitch and reportedly removed a corner flag to go outside via the Guardian. It is believed that despite strict security protocols in the region, they arrived at the Munich tunnel after breaking down barriers.
The break-in occurred about two hours before the scheduled kick-off. The clubs stayed at their hotels and the press was asked to leave the stadium, Jamie Jackson reported for The Guardian. They failed to reach the changing rooms so the COVID-19 protocol was not violated.
Glazer apologized to fans in the Super League, but the apology was denied by fans. They have demonstrated further in the weeks since the announcement.
The Glazer family bought Manchester United in 2005 for $ 1.1 billion. They also own the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Many fans consider American owners to be the theft of European football, as the creation of the Super League primarily shows.
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