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Manchester United vs Liverpool called off after Old Trafford protest

Sun 02 May 2021 | 18:36

Manchester United's game against Liverpool has been postponed after United fans broke into Old Trafford and protested against the Glazer family on the pitch.

Anti-Glazer protests were planned before the game outside the ground, with thousands of fans turning up and displaying banners and chanting against the club's American owners. But some fans managed to get into the stadium and even invaded the pitch.

A Manchester United club statement read:

"Following discussion between 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.

"Our fans are passionate about Manchester United, and we completely acknowledge the right to free expression and peaceful 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."

A statement from the Premier League read:

"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.

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

source: SportMob