A soccer fan chants slogans earlier than a protest in opposition to the possession of Manchester United.
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Manchester United’s Premier League recreation in opposition to Liverpool at Old Trafford has been postponed following protests in opposition to the Glazer household.
Hundreds of followers obtained into the stadium forward of the behind-closed-doors contest, which was initially scheduled for a 4.30pm kick-off earlier than being delayed after which referred to as off fully.
Discussions are going down round discovering a brand new date for the fixture.
Two law enforcement officials had been injured throughout Sunday’s demonstrations, with one hospitalised after “sustaining a significant slash wound to his face”, based on Greater Manchester Police.
A United assertion learn: “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. Discussions will now take place with the Premier League on a revised date for the fixture.
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“Our followers are obsessed with Manchester United, and we fully acknowledge the suitable to free expression and peaceable protest.
“However, we regret the disruption to the team and actions which put other fans, staff, and the police in danger. We thank the police for their support and will assist them in any subsequent investigations.”
Liverpool mentioned they had been in “full agreement” with the choice to postpone and can proceed to have dialogue with Manchester United, the Premier League and the native authorities to discover a appropriate date to reschedule.
“It is our position that public safety must be the number one factor in any such decision, with the ability to provide a secure environment for the participants, staff and officials being a particular priority,” mentioned a membership assertion.
Police officers monitor soccer followers throughout a protest in opposition to the Glazer’s possession of Manchester United.
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“It was clearly not possible for this to be guaranteed today due to a situation which escalated rapidly.”
The Premier League condemned all of the “acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass, especially given the associated COVID-19 breaches” in an announcement after the postponement was confirmed.
“The security and safety of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance,” a Premier League assertion learn.
“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.
“Fans have many channels by which to make their views identified, however the actions of a minority seen as we speak haven’t any justification. We sympathise with the police and stewards who needed to cope with a harmful scenario that shouldn’t have any place in soccer.
“The rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course.”
- 1pm – Fans start congregating exterior the trinity statue on the Old Trafford forecourt, as one other group begins to protest on the Lowry Hotel, the place the United group are staying forward of the sport.
- 2pm – The numbers of protestors swell to hundreds exterior Old Trafford, with firecrackers being let off and a bunch of supporters starting to march in direction of the Munich Tunnel.
- 2.30pm – United followers breach safety and invade the stadium, taking to the Old Trafford pitch. Flares are let off, firecrackers are thrown and one supporter is seen wielding one of many nook flags.
- 3pm – The stadium is in lockdown. A sweep of the stadium is required and there’s mentioned to be injury to the pitch.
- 3.30pm – Despite mounting uncertainty over the standing of the match, the Premier League proceeds to publish the official group sheet one hour earlier than the scheduled kick-off time.
- 3.55pm – The Premier League points an announcement during which it confirms the match won’t kick off at its scheduled begin time
- 5.40pm – Officials affirm the sport can be postponed.
- 5.50pm – The Premier League calls the postponement
Supporters additionally gathered exterior the group’s resort – The Lowry Hotel in Manchester, the place the United group had been staying earlier than the sport – forward of Sunday’s match at Old Trafford.
Greater Manchester Police mentioned they had been “aware” the protests had been because of happen and “were working closely alongside partners to ensure those that attended were kept safe whilst enabling their right to peaceful protest”.
“By late afternoon around 200 protestors had gathered outside the Lowry and over 1,000 at Old Trafford,” the police assertion learn.
“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.
“Protestors exterior Old Trafford turned particularly aggressive and antagonistic in direction of police earlier than a bunch of about 100 compelled entry to the bottom with some United employees having to lock themselves in rooms.
“Those in the stadium were evicted by officers but outside on the forecourt hostility grew with bottles and barriers being thrown at officers and horses.”
Many United supporters are nonetheless indignant and upset over their membership’s function as one of many founder members of the proposed breakaway European Super League.
The plans added to years of discontent and protests from supporters following the controversial takeover by the Glazers in 2005.
United proprietor Joel Glazer, unveiled as Super League vice-chairman when the announcement was made, apologised in an open letter to all of the membership’s followers after they had been compelled to drag out of the plans.
However, that apology appears to have been rebuffed by the membership’s supporter base who protested exterior Old Trafford final week which adopted much more protesting at United’s Carrington coaching floor.