Manchester United’s sport in opposition to Liverpool has been postponed after about 200 followers broke into Outdated Trafford to protest in opposition to the Glazer household’s possession of the membership.
The fixture was scheduled to kick off at 16:30 BST on Sunday.
“This is a collective decision from the police, both clubs, the Premier League and local authorities,” mentioned the Premier League.
Talks will now happen about re-arranging the sport.
Followers had gathered outdoors the bottom and scores of inexperienced and gold flares – the colors of United’s first shirts after they have been Newton Heath, and of the unique anti-Glazer protests in 2010 – have been set off at 14:00.
The protests observe United’s determination, together with 5 fellow Premier League golf equipment, to hitch the European Tremendous League (ESL) final month, earlier than they subsequently all pulled out.
Supporters are at present not allowed into grounds due to the coronavirus pandemic however United followers obtained on to the Outdated Trafford pitch to protest and, although they have been eliminated, some then made it again on to the grass in a while.
“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.
“We sympathise with the police and stewards who needed to cope with a harmful state of affairs that shouldn’t have any place in soccer.”
Both clubs had submitted their team line-ups for the fixture but neither had left their hotels to go to the ground.
“Our followers are enthusiastic about Manchester United, and we utterly acknowledge the correct to free expression and peaceable protest,” mentioned United.
“Nonetheless, we remorse the disruption to the staff and actions which put different followers, employees, and the police at risk.
“We thank the police for their support and will assist them in any subsequent investigations.”
Liverpool, who have been additionally concerned within the failed try to hitch the ESL, mentioned they have been in “full agreement” to postpone the sport.
“It is our position that public safety must be the number one factor in any such decision, with the ability to provide a secure environment for the participants, staff and officials being a particular priority,” mentioned the Anfield membership.
“It was clearly not possible for this to be guaranteed due to a situation which escalated rapidly.”
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