While the protest had been planned and was largely peaceful, it descended into chaos when supporters infiltrated the stadium.

Manchester United’s Premier League game against Liverpool was postponed on Sunday after United fans forced their way into the stadium and stormed Old Trafford pitch in protest against the club’s owners – the family Glazer.

“Following discussions between the police, the Premier League, the Trafford Council and the clubs, our game against Liverpool has been postponed for security reasons around today’s protest,” United said in a statement after. the cancellation of the match.

“Discussions will now take place with the Premier League on a revised date for the game.”

Liverpool have issued a statement claiming to fully agree with the decision.

An hour after kick-off at 3.30 p.m. GMT, the two groups of players were still stranded in their hotels. The Lowry Hotel, where United players were preparing for the game, was also the scene of a large anti-Glazer protest.

Greater Manchester Police said around 100 United fans took to the pitch, some throwing flares and others carrying posters calling on the Glazers to end their ownership of the club they bought in 2005. A young fan was pictured at the top of one of the goals.

Police say some United staff have locked themselves in rooms.

The match was being played behind closed doors due to COVID-19 restrictions, but that didn’t stop the chaotic and ugly scenes inside and outside Old Trafford, which left a policeman in need of a emergency treatment after being cut with a bottle, Greater Manchester Police said.

Media representatives covering the game, including Reuters, were kept outside as the stadium was locked after the supporters were withdrawn.

In a statement, the Premier League said: “Following the security breach at Old Trafford, the Manchester United game against Liverpool has been postponed.”

“This is a collective decision by the police, the two clubs, the Premier League and the local authorities. The safety and security of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance. We understand and respect the force of sentiment, but condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespassing, especially given the violations associated with COVID-19, ”he said.

There was no word on when the game would be played. United, second, needed a win to prevent Manchester City from being crowned champions on Sunday.

While the protest had been planned and was largely peaceful, it descended into chaos when supporters infiltrated the stadium.

Hundreds of fans also gathered outside the ground, unleashing green and gold flares – the colors of United’s shirts when formed as Newton Heath and adopted by those who regularly protested against the club hierarchy.

Mounted policemen entered to try to clear the areas outside the stadium and there were horrific clashes with bottles and barriers thrown at policemen.

“The behavior displayed today by those of Old Trafford and the Lowry Hotel was reckless and dangerous,” said GMP Deputy Chief Constable Russ Jackson.

“We understand the passion many supporters have for their team and we fully respect the right to protest peacefully. But it quickly became clear that many people present had no intention of doing so peacefully, ”he said.

The protest follows United’s initial decision to join a European Super League along with five other English clubs. Plans for this separatist league collapsed within days due to widespread opposition.

Former United defender Gary Neville, who sharply criticized the club’s decision to join the Super League, was in the ground as part of the Sky Sports feedback team.

“The reason these thousands and thousands of fans have come today is because they’ve had enough. They have had enough, ”Neville said.

“We can make history today from the disruption and I think that needs to be covered, but the story should be about the Man Utd fans. They have had enough. It will be very difficult in the coming months, ”he said.

Speaking ahead of the event, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “It is important that the opinions of the fans are heard and that we communicate better. My job is to focus on football and make sure we have the best team possible.

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