Manchester United Vs Liverpool game has been called off, following violent protests by angry fans at the match venue, the Old Trafford.
According to reports, the Manchester United Vs Liverpool clash was postponed after home fans in their hundreds stormed the pitch at Old Trafford to protest at the club’s American owners, the Glazer family.
It came after many more blockaded the entrance to the Lowry Hotel where the United players and staff are staying.
As at the time of this reports, the game which kicked off was put at 4.30pm, was said to have been delayed due to the protest. But it was later reported that the game has been postponed and representatives from the two teams and the Premier League will convene and discuss the situation.
Both teams have been held back at their team hotel by Greater Manchester Police, while match referee Michael Oliver was also delayed in accessing the ground.
Officials at Old Trafford convened an emergency meeting to determine whether any Covid-19 protocols had been breached following the stadium invasion. Fans were not due to be in attendance at the game.
There were clashes as fans tried to break police lines outside, with officers drawing batons to keep the crowds back and bottles and other projectiles thrown. A line of riot police, backed by horses, pushed the crowds back from the area where the players will enter the stadium.
Just after what should have been the scheduled kick-off time, police succeeded in pushing back the crowds and clearing the Old Trafford forecourt.
Speaking on the postponement of the Manchester United Vs Liverpool game, the Premier League released a statement saying:
“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,” added the Premier League.
“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.”
On their part, Manchester United said:
“Our fans are passionate about Manchester United, and we completely acknowledge the right to free expression and peaceful protest,” said Manchester United.
“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.”
Although nothing has been confirmed, the latest protests has to do with the club’s role in the doomed European Super League, which has irked the United fanbase, leaving thousands disillusioned with their football club.