Manchester United’s home game against Liverpool on Sunday has been postponed to a later date after protests at Old Trafford.
Hundreds of fans protested outside Old Trafford with a smaller number making it into the stadium and made their presence felt on the pitch, while Sky reported that some fans even made it into the dressing rooms.
Police eventually cleared the stadium of protestors, but long past the scheduled 4.30pm kick-off time and at around 5.40pm it was confirmed that the game would not be played on Sunday.
When the match will be played is not confirmed, with the Premier League stating: ‘The rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course.’
A club statement read: ‘Following discussion between the Police, The Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, our match against Liverpool has been postponed due to safety and security considerations around the protest today. Discussions will now take place with the Premier League on a revised date for the fixture.
‘Our fans are passionate about Manchester United, and we completely acknowledge the right to free expression and peaceful protest.
‘However, we regret the disruption to the team and actions which put other fans, staff, and the police in danger. We thank the police for their support and will assist them in any subsequent investigations.’
The Premier League also released a statement condemning the action of fans who have conducted, ‘acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass.’
The statement read: ‘Following the security breach at Old Trafford, the Manchester United vs. Liverpool game has been postponed.
‘This is a collective decision from the police, both clubs, the Premier League and local authorities. The security and safety of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance.
‘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 seen today have no justification.
‘We sympathise with the police and stewards who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should have no place in football. The rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course.’
Liverpool issued their own club statement, which read: ‘Liverpool Football Club was in full agreement with the decision to postpone today’s fixture as a result of ongoing events at Old Trafford and the surrounding area.
‘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.
‘It was clearly not possible for this to be guaranteed today due to a situation which escalated rapidly.
‘We will continue to have dialogue with Manchester United, the Premier League and the local authorities to find a suitable date to reschedule.
‘As soon as we have this information we will update our supporters accordingly.’
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