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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Manchester United‘s home game against Liverpool has been postponed after significant fan protests inside and outside Old Trafford.Hundreds of United supporters stormed the pitch around two hours before kick-off to protest against the Glazer family’s ownership.The game was called off around an hour after its scheduled kick-off time at 4.30pm.Get expert FPL tips, delivered straight to your inboxEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.“This is a collective decision from the police, both clubs, the Premier League and local authorities,” the Premier League said in a statement.“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 Premier League said the game’s rearranged date will be announced in due course.United said that, while they accepted the right of their fans to protest peacefully, they regretted “the disruption to the team and actions which put other fans, staff and the police in danger”.The club said in a statement: “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 Unitedand 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.”With an hour until kick-off there had been no sign of the teams at the ground but line-ups were announced by the Premier League at 3.30pm and referee Michael Oliver was permitted access to the stadium shortly afterwards. Read More Man Utd vs Liverpool postponed: Premier League game called off after fans storm Old Trafford The Premier League said: “After the security breach at Old Trafford we can confirm the Manchester United v Liverpool match will not kick-off at 16:30 BST. “The safety of everyone at Old Trafford is paramount. At present there is no revised kick-off time. We will update accordingly.”Speaking on Sky Sports, former United captain Gary Neville said delaying the match for 24 hours was a viable plan.“I wonder whether [playing tomorrow] might be the most appropriate thing,” he said. “The players’ minds are probably not that focused.
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.”Roy Keane, on the other hand, felt the players would want the game to be played as soon as possible.“If they end up delaying the game for four or five hours, the protestors have made their point,” Keane said. “But ultimately, we all love the game and the supporters love football. They want to see their team beating Liverpool today, as that’s what they grew up loving more than anything else.”Fan anger spills overThe Red Devils were among 12 clubs that signed up for the breakaway European Super League, which collapsed within 48 hours due to huge, unrelenting pressure.Those plans brought anger against the already despised Glazer family to a new level, with fans congregating at Old Trafford to demand change ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match against rivals Liverpool.Flares were let off by protestors inside the ground, where corner flags were held aloft and one supporter was seen throwing a tripod from the interview zone. It is understood a meeting was convened to establish what happened and the impact on the game, with the pitch damaged by the protestors and Covid-19 protocols to consider.A larger protest also took place outside Old Trafford (Photo: PA)Fans congregated from around 1pm outside the trinity statue on the Old Trafford forecourt as another group took their protests to the Lowry hotel, where the United team were staying ahead of the game.Hundreds outside Old Trafford became thousands by the time the protest got under way at 2pm, when two firecrackers were let off and fans began to march towards the Munich Tunnel.Red fences put in front of the East Stand did not last long, being quickly toppled as stewards were overawed and chanting supporters made their way towards the tunnel.Footage soon emerged of hundreds of fans on the pitch, with a bunch exiting by jumping down to the nearby canal paths and others running out through the main gates at around 2.30pm.An hour later another small batch of protestors were seen leaving the stadium. ‘Time right for Glazers to sell’Neville believes the Glazer family would ‘make a fortune’ by selling Man Utd (Photo: Getty)“There’s huge discontent, not just amongst Manchester United fans but across the country,” said former United captain Gary Neville on Sky Sports. “Fans are saying enough is enough.”While United are still one of the most commercially successful clubs in world football, performances on the pitch have taken a turn for the worse since the Glazers took control.“The stadium, if you go behind the scenes, it’s rusty and rotting,” Neville added. “If you look at the training ground, it’s probably not one of the top five in this country. They haven’t got to a Champions League semi-final for 10 years.“We haven’t won a league here at Manchester United for eight years. The land around the ground is dormant and derelict, while every other club seems to be developing the fan experience and the facilities.“The Glazer family are struggling to meet the financial requirements [of the club] and the fans are saying it is time to go. They are going to make a fortune if they sell this football club. If they put it up for sale now, the time would be right and it’d be the honourable thing to do.”Additional reporting by Press Association
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