Manchester United-Liverpool match postponed after fan protests
London, May 2 (EFE).- The Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool that should have been played on Sunday afternoon was postponed after hundreds of local fans took the field at Old Trafford stadium – the Red Devils’ home pitch – to protest actions by the club’s owners.
“Following the security breach at Old Trafford, the Manchester United vs. Liverpool game has been postponed,” the Premier League said in statement, adding that “This is a collective decision from the police, both clubs, the Premier League and local authorities.”
Manchester United said in its own statement that due to “safety and security considerations,” the match had been postponed.
In the meantime, the teams and the League will begin work to try and determine a feasible and convenient data on which to play the match, hopefully before the end of the season.
A large number of Man U fans are incensed about the club’s failed attempt in April to become part of the now-shelved European Super League.
The Sunday match had been scheduled to begin at 4:30 pm but was delayed in starting and finally at 5:35 pm the club announced that it had been postponed.
The Glazer family – which also owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a US football team – owns Manchester United, and fans are unhappy with the family’s management of the club.
Some 200 fans stormed the Old Trafford field while another 700 people gathered to protest in front of the hotel in central Manchester where the Red Devils and their rivals are often housed, keeping the players holed up in their rooms.
Police clashed with protestors outside the stadium but ultimately security forces were able to clear the surrounding streets.
“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 today have no justification,” said Manchester United in its statement.