The match between Manchester United and Liverpool will ultimately not take place this Sunday. The possible coronation of Manchester City will also wait. A few hours before kick-off, Mancunian supporters invaded Old Trafford. They broke through the security barriers, then entered the compound to do just about anything they wanted to do there, such as visiting the locker rooms, entering the pitch, walking around with the corner post, etc. The impressive images, these supporters mostly mounted a punch action.
It is their way of protesting against the American owner of the club, the Glazer family, and the Super League project, which ultimately failed. After a few tens of minutes, the fans finally evacuated Old Trafford but the situation remained tense around the stadium. Both Reds and Red Devils buses eventually stayed at the hotel and the game was postponed. Since, Manchester United wanted to communicate following these incidents. The management claims to understand the annoyance of the supporters but does not endorse the way.
MU and Premier League condemn supporters’ actions
“Our fans are passionate about Manchester United and we fully recognize the right to free speech and peaceful protest. However, we regret the disruption of the team and the actions that endangered other supporters, staff and the police. We thank the police for their support and will assist them in further investigations ”, explains the Mancunian press release. The management refers in particular to the current context when certain places of the stadium are supposed to serve as a health bubble.
This is precisely what the Premier League wanted to explain in its message. “We understand and respect the force of feelings but condemn all acts of violence, damage and intrusion, especially given violations of the Covid-19 protocol. Fans have many channels to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification. We support the police and the stewards who have had to face a dangerous situation which should not have its place in football. The rearrangement of the system will be communicated in due course. “