Premier League: Manchester United’s Premier League match against Liverpool was postponed on Sunday after supporters stormed the Old Trafford pitch in a rally against the Glazer family, United’s owners.
Manchester United’s Premier League match against Liverpool was postponed on Sunday after supporters stormed the Old Trafford pitch in a rally against the Glazer dynasty, United’s owners. Hundreds of supporters made their way into the stadium, screaming “We want Glazers out!” There were still large crowds outside the ground, where there were clashes with police.
“Following discussions with the authorities, the Premier League, Trafford Council, and the clubs,” United said in a statement, “our match against Liverpool has been postponed due to safety and security concerns surrounding today’s rally.”
“Our supporters are devoted to Manchester United, and we fully support the right to free speech and peaceful protest.”
However, we regret the disturbance to the team as well as the behaviour that put other supporters, employees, and police officers in danger. We thank the police for their assistance and will cooperate with them in all further inquiries.”
The match was scheduled to begin at 1630 local time (2100 IST), but it was postponed by more than an hour until the decision to cancel it was made.
The Premier League issued a statement saying, “The protection and welfare of everybody at Old Trafford remains of the utmost importance.”
“We recognise and appreciate the intensity of feelings, but we denounce all acts of aggression, criminal harm, and trespass, especially in light of the related COVID-19 violations.”
“Fans have several outlets by which to express their opinions, however the
Today’s acts of a minority had little excuse.”
Manchester City could have been crowned Premier League champions on Sunday if Manchester United had lost.
- Anger resurfaced –
Anger against the Glazers has been reignited as a result of United’s participation in a failed European Super Cup.
The English Super League (ESL) initiative failed in 48 hours last month due to a backlash from supporters, clubs, states, and governing bodies.
United and Liverpool were allegedly two of the driving forces behind the initiative, which aimed to guarantee top-tier European football for 15 founding participants every season without the need for qualifying on the field.
Last month, United co-chairman Joel Glazer apologised to supporters for joining the ESL in a rare public address.
“We took note of your vehement opposition to the European Super League. We made a mistake and want to demonstrate that we can correct it “He said.
While the wounds are fresh and the injuries will take time to heal, I am personally dedicated to restoring faith with our fans and learning from the message you shared with such conviction.”
In the days following the release of the ESL plans, United supporters violated security at their club’s training facility in order to condemn the Glazers.
The Americans have owned United since a contentious leveraged takeover in 2005, when the club was saddled with hundreds of millions of pounds in debt.
Even as the English behemoths paying off massive interest fees, the Glazers continued to reap millions of dividends from their shares.
Early in the Glazers’ reign, United supporters wear green and gold to games, the colours of Newton.
Heath, a resistance club formed in 1878 that later became Manchester United 24 years later.
On Sunday, scarves and flares in green and gold were back at Old Trafford, and there were a host of banners directed at the Glazers.
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Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, has already announced his departure.
As a result of the fallout from the botched ESL scheme, he will be out of a job by the end of the year.
“There’s massive frustration, not just among Manchester United fans, but I believe among football fans around the world, and I believe they’re just saying enough is enough,” former United captain Gary Neville told Sky Sports.