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Angry Man Utd fans stage protest at Old Trafford

Video: Manchester United-Liverpool clash postponed as angry Man Utd fans invade Old Trafford in Glazer family ownership protest

May 2, 2021 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
Agitated fans of the club stormed the pitch, causing the game between the Red Devils and Liverpool to be delayed.

Sunday's super clash between Manchester United and Liverpool was delayed and has subsequently been postponed after fans of the Red Devils invaded Old Trafford in protest against their American owners, the Glazer family. Hundreds of supporters who were initially outside the venue, stormed the pitch a little over an hour before the scheduled kick-off time, forcing the Premier League encounter to be suspended indefinitely amid safety concerns.

The actions of the fans are said to be part of a series of protests against the club's owners and as a means to condemn their failed plan to join a breakaway European Super League (ESL) last month. The rally was planned to take place outside the venue at exactly 2pm UK time, with some fans reportedly arriving about an hour early. A section of the agitated supporters were also stationed outside the hotels of both clubs.

While the number of protestants and tensions grew, some of those outside Old Trafford managed to breach the barriers put in place to stop them from advancing and ended up on the pitch. Initially, there were no security personnel and stewards in sight but they were later called upon to clear the pitch for the scheduled game with Liverpool to go ahead as planned.

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Back in April, Manchester United manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer addressed a number of fans who blocked the entrance to Carrington training complex in rally against Glazers after the European Super League saga. Tensions have not calmed since then and the Glazer family still remain unpopular among the fanbase who are now asking the American owners to sell the club and leave.

Meanwhile, the Premier League has released a statement in response to the incident and despite acknowledging the reason for the fans' agitation, have condemned their action in breaching protocols their Old Trafford invasion. The statement reads as follows: "Following the security breach at Old Trafford, the Manchester United vs. Liverpool game has been postponed.

"This is a collective decision from the police, both clubs, the Premier League and local authorities. The security and safety of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance.

"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 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. The rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course."

Both Manchester United and Liverpool have issued statements to effect as well.


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