Manchester United Fans Storm Old Trafford
An angry mob of Manchester United Fans gained access to Old Trafford stadium on Sunday morning and protested the Glazer Family.
This action caused the English Premier League game between Manchester United and Liverpool to be postponed.
The decision to postpone the game was made out of safety for the players and other spectators, but there was also some damage done to the pitch. Protests have been taking place against the Glazer family, but this was a group seeking to do intentional damage.
This was a planned protest, and additional security was in place to help maintain the peace. More than 1,000 supporters initially gathered at the Lowry Hotel before the group made its way to Old Trafford and gained entry into the stadium.
Flares were set off inside the stadium, and glass bottles were used in the protest as well. At least three law enforcement officers were hurt during the demonstrations, and one had to receive emergency medical aid.
Manchester United Fans continue to be unhappy with the Glazer family, the American owners of the team. This movement has been going on for weeks, but it continues to grow in strength as the displeasure for Joel Glazer continues to grow.
This stems from Glazer attempting to form the Super League, and he was named vice president of that operation. The Super League quickly folded after immense backlash from soccer fans throughout Europe, but the attempt is what has fans annoyed. The project seemed doomed from the start and has caused huge upset and anger in the UK and across the football world.
Glazer has since apologized in a letter to the Manchester United fans, but it appears that this relationship cannot be saved. Other soccer clubs have seen similar protests in recent weeks, but nothing like what took place at Old Trafford. Man UTD fans have not been happy for years with the way their club has been run. There have been many protests in the past seeking for the Glazers to leave, but none have ever been this severe.
Manchester United is expected to take the field for their upcoming game, and a makeup date for this matchup with Liverpool will be announced at a later date. With the end of the season in sight, fixtures are piling up so there is no ideal time for the game to be replayed.
Gate Not Left Open
There were some initial reports that a worker had left a gate open intentionally to allow the protestors access to Old Trafford. Manchester United released an official statement on Monday to refute those claims and accused the protestors of breaking down barriers.
According to the club, demonstrations at the Lowry Hotel also took place, making it clear that there was an intent to see this game postponed. Manchester United respects the fans’ right to protest in a peaceful manner, but a large contingent of fans clearly crossed the line in this situation.
The UK Government has publicly condemned the action of the small group of protestors that damaged the stadium and the pitch on Sunday. An investigation has been launched by local police, and charges are expected for those that are found to have committed these acts.
The Premier League has the option of taking points away from Manchester United due to the postponement of the game, but that is not expected to happen. It was the Premier League that agreed to cancel the game on Sunday, along with the local authorities.
Manchester United will be working to ensure that similar actions do not occur in the coming weeks, and additional security measures will be set up.
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