The game between Manchester United and Liverpool has been postponed after protests at United’s home ground.
The protest was aimed at Manchester United owners because of their role in the failed Super League, as well as a lack of consultation with fans.
This is the first postponement of a Premier League match because of fan protests. There were around 1,000 protesters who gained access to the pitch where they used the pitch to have a kick to kick as well as lighting up flairs before police removed them from the ground.
Protests were also held at The Lowry Hotel in Salford where the United players were staying. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) estimated that there were 200 protesters at the hotel.
GMP said in a statement that two officers were injured in the protest at Old Trafford, with one officer requiring emergency hospital treatment after sustaining a wound to his head after being attacked with a bottle.
“Officers continued to closely monitor the situation, engaging with those present but as the groups grew in size; it became clear that many of those present were not intending to exercise their right to peaceful protest. Flares were let off and bottles thrown at officers,” GMP said.
Manchester United said that the game will take place on another day due to security issues.
“Following discussion between the Police, The Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, our match against Liverpool has been postponed due to safety and security considerations around the protest today,” United said.
The Premier League condemned those involved in the protest at Old Trafford
“We understand and respect the strength of feeling but condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass, especially given the associated COVID-19 breaches,” the statements said.
“Fans have many channels by which to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification. We sympathise with the police and stewards who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should have no place in football.”
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