The Premier League had to call off Liverpool’s game at Old Trafford after Manchester United fans stormed onto the football pitch protesting their club’s initial decision to join European Super League.
Hundreds of fans were seen outside Old Trafford demanding the Glazers to be ousted from Manchester United hierarchy. The Premier League decided to postpone the game after discussing with both the clubs and local authorities.
A Premier League statement read, “Following the security breach at Old Trafford, the Manchester United v 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.”
Manchester United also put out a statement following the incident, “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.”
“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.”