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Manchester United will beef up security at Old Trafford – amid growing fears of a second fan protest when bitter rivals Liverpool return to face them in the Premier League.
United have started a review of their safety measures in the wake of Sunday's shameful scenes that forced the game with Jurgen Klopp's men to be called off.
Club bosses have vowed to ban those raging supporters who ran riot outside the stadium as the protest against American owners the Glazers turned violent.
Video footage is being studied, while the Premier League have demanded answers from United, Greater Manchester Police and match organisers as to how the fiasco was allowed to happen.
In the meantime, United are worried a repeat attack will take place when the most explosive game in English football is rescheduled – and are determined to make sure the utter chaos is not repeated.
United have denied claims some gates were left open on purpose to allow hundreds of fans to get onto the pitch and a club statement said: "While many fans wanted to exercise their right to protest and express their opinion peacefully, some were intent on disrupting the team's preparation and the game itself.
"Reports in mainstream and social media that protesters were able to access the stadium and pitch via a gate opened by club staff are completely incorrect.
"The majority of our fans have and will condemn criminal damage, along with any violence towards club staff, police or other fans, and these now become a police matter.
"The club has no desire to see peaceful protestors punished, but will work with the police to identify those involved in criminal activity, and will also issue its own sanctions to any season ticket holder or member identified, per the published sanctions policy."
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters wants to know how the game could fall victim to what had supposed to be a peaceful demonstration.
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The Football Association will liaise with the Premier League as part of the investigation, with sanctions available including hitting United with a points deduction, huge fine, ground closure, suspension from competitions and paying Liverpool compensation.
A Premier League spokesman said: "The actions of a minority of those present at Old Trafford on Sunday have no justification and will be investigated by the Premier League and The FA, as well as by the Greater Manchester Police."
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