Manchester United vs Liverpool
The Premier League clash between Manchester United and Liverpool has earlier been postponed following a massive protest by football fans who gathered outside the stadium, on the pitch, and around United’s team bus in Salford.
The supporters troop out in hundreds to the pitch and set off flares just two hours before the scheduled 4.30pm kick-off at the club’s stadium on Sunday, with thousands more gathering outside the ground in protest of the Glazer family’s ownership.
Although the Old Trafford pitch and the area surrounding the ground were eventually cleared – as well as the area around United’s team bus – no revised kick-off time was given, with Man United players remaining in their hotel rooms, according to Sky Sports.
The Manchester United vs Liverpool game was then called off shortly before 5.45 pm, with a new date for the fixture yet to be announced.
The protests come in the wake of Man United’s involvement in the collapsed Super League – a planned breakaway tournament, in which the Glazers played a key role.
Recall five other Premier League teams, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and Man City we’re part of the European Super League, ESL saga.
An official statement to call off the match 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.
“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.”