Manchester United’s Premier League match against Liverpool was postponed on Sunday after supporters stormed into the arena and on the pitch as thousands of fans gathered outside Old Trafford to demand that the Glazer family own the club.
Prolonged anger against the American owners has boiled over after they were part of the failed attempt to take United into a European Super League.
United and Liverpool players could not travel to the arena.
“After discussions between the police, the Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, our match against Liverpool has been postponed due to safety and security concerns surrounding the protest today,” United said in a statement. “Discussions will now take place with the Premier League on a revised date for the match.
“Our fans are passionate about Manchester United, and we fully recognize the right to freedom of expression and peaceful protest. However, we regret the disruption of the team and the actions that put other fans, staff and the police in danger. We thank the police for their support and will help them in subsequent investigations. ”
The Glazers, who also own the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have declined to engage with fans since buying United in 2005 in a leverage takeover that strained the club.
“Get out of our club”, fans chanted when stains were posted. “We want Glazers out.”
Fans are currently unable to attend matches due to the pandemic but they found a way into the arena. They also climbed to vantage points next to turnstile entrances
Supporters wore green-and-gold scarves and also started flares in the colors of the club’s 1878 formation. More than 100 fans entered the arena and some could be seen from windows waving down to protesters. Corner flags were held high and a supporter was seen throwing a tripod from the interview zone.
Police on horseback cleared later protesting fans outside the stadium, with glass bottles tossed in brief clashes. Some fans moved back to a highway near the stadium where police formed a line to prevent them from returning.
If United had lost the planned game, Manchester City would have won the Premier League title. United is a record 20 times English champion but has not lifted the trophy since 2013.
United and Liverpool were among six Premier League clubs trying to form an exclusive European Super League along with three clubs each from Spain and Italy. The widespread opposition quickly ended the project, with all six English teams backing down within 48 hours of the announcement.
The “Big 6” clubs have been in injury control ever since and offer various forms of apologies and apologies, while fans who have long been frustrated with billions of owners have called for wholesale changes.