Man Utd P-P Liverpool LIVE: Rescheduled date latest as first arrest made after anti-Glazer protests – updates

Man Utd P-P Liverpool LIVE: Rescheduled date latest as first arrest made after anti-Glazer protests – updates

05/04/2021

MANCHESTER UNITED'S match with Liverpool on Sunday was POSTPONED on safety grounds after fans broke into Old Trafford and invaded the pitch.

A new fixture date is yet to be announced with United and Liverpool set to talk to the Premier League.

United could face a points deduction or a whopping fine after the game was put back because the safety of the players could not be guaranteed.

Stay up to date with all the fall-out from Old Trafford in our live blog, below…

  • Marc Mayo

    GOING NOWHERE

    The Glazer family are described as intent on seeing out their 'long-term plan' at Manchester United despite Sunday's protests.

    A report in the Guardian outlines their mega-money ambition.

    With the club currently worth just over £3billion, the Americans are said to want to grow it into a £7.2billion ($10bn) empire.

  • Marc Mayo

    STAFF FEAR

    One 'drunken' fan left support staff concerned for their safety after reportedly rushing into the Manchester United dressing room on Sunday.

    As the protest pitch invasion began, team doctors and kit staff more were gathered inside the ground preparing for the Liverpool game.

    But they were shocked when one protestor, according to the Mail, rushed in and began shouting at them.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    The Manchester United Supports Trust published an open letter to United co-owner Joel Glazer yesterday.

    In the letter, the trust say: “No-one wants what happened at Old Trafford Sunday to be a regular event.

    “We are football fans and we want to support our team. We don’t want to spend our days off work protesting outside our football ground. 

    “But what happened was the culmination of sixteen years in which your family’s ownership of the club has driven us into debt and decline, and we have felt ever more sidelined and ignored.

    “After sixteen years not one member of the Glazer family has ever had so much as a conversation with us, the club’s Supporters Trust. Yesterday, that frustration reached boiling point.

    “For the vast majority of the thousands of attendees at the protest they made their voice heard peacefully and respectfully. We support the right of fans to protest lawfully and, although we did not personally witness any such acts, of course we do not condone any acts of violence.”

    United released a statement in response to Sunday’s protests and refuted the idea supporters were allowed into the stadium by club staff.

    It read: “Following events yesterday, 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, as evidenced by activity at the Lowry Hotel and at the stadium.

    “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.

    “After breaking through barriers and security on the forecourt, some protestors climbed the gates at the end of the Munich tunnel, then forced access to a side door in the stand, before opening an external door that let others through to the concourse area and the pitch.

    “A second breach occurred when a protestor smashed the door of a disability access lift, enabling a group to enter the stand. 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.”

    The most likely course of action will be that Liverpool’s trip to West Brom, scheduled for May 16, will now be brought forward by four days to May 12, when United are due to be playing Leicester.

    That will allow the rescheduled clash of the north-west giants to be played at Old Trafford on Sunday, May 16.

    Elsewhere, the Premier League and FA have vowed to crush the Super League plotters if they attempt another breakaway.

    In a move to reassure fans the threat has been killed off for good, the FA launched an inquiry by demanding full and frank answers from Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and the two Manchester giants.

    And the Premier League promised it will change its rulebook to dismiss any possibility of the rebels coming back for a second attempt.

    A Prem statement read: “The Premier League has prepared a series of measures to enshrine the core principles of the professional game an open pyramid, progression through sporting merit and the highest standards of sporting integrity.

    “These measures are designed to stop the threat of breakaway leagues in future.”

    The Big Six are facing disrepute charges for their parts in the attempted coup. FA top brass are understood to feel heavy fines are more likely, rather than punishments that would hit the fans such as points deductions.

  • William Pugh

    BREAKAWAY BAN

    The Premier League and FA have vowed to crush the Super League plotters if they attempt another breakaway.

    In a move to reassure fans the threat has been killed off for good, the FA launched an inquiry by demanding full and frank answers from Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and the two Manchester giants.

    And the Premier League promised it will change its rulebook to dismiss any possibility of the rebels coming back for a second attempt.

    A Prem statement read: “The Premier League has prepared a series of measures to enshrine the core principles of the professional game an open pyramid, progression through sporting merit and the highest standards of sporting integrity.

    “These measures are designed to stop the threat of breakaway leagues in future.”

    The Big Six are facing disrepute charges for their parts in the attempted coup. FA top brass are understood to feel heavy fines are more likely, rather than punishments that would hit the fans such as points deductions.

  • William Pugh

    TA CARRA

    Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has defended Manchester United fans from ‘lazy’ criticism over Sunday’s Old Trafford protest.

    The majority of pundits appeared to lend their backing to the angry group of protestors as the game was eventually postponed. But ex-Red Graeme Souness wasn’t too positive, saying: “I think (the anger) is out of United not being top dogs as much as what happened (with the ESL) last week."

    However, fellow Sky Sports pundit Carragher has dismissed Souness’ comments as ‘lazy’, claiming United fans had every right to be angry and protest. He responded on Monday Night Football: "I really want to get this message across. This is not the European Super League for me.

    "The supporters who really felt this more and marched on stadiums (after Super League) are Manchester United and Arsenal – that's because they had a huge problem with their owners before this.

    "I've listened to a lot this morning and I watched other things. I've got no problem with people having a different point of view or a different opinion from me, because it's nuanced what happened yesterday. But get the facts. Please. When you are going to talk about this, know what's going on.

    "So let's not accuse Manchester United fans of just throwing the toys out the pram because they're not competing with [Manchester] City or in the Champions League, whatever it may be. That is absolute nonsense."

  • William Pugh

    G NEV WANTS FOOTBALL TO SUPPORT PROTEST

    Gary Neville believes all football fans should support the United protesters.

    Speaking yesterday, the former United defender said: “Look, I’ve never thought they were brilliant owners but I have seen in football that there are worse owners than the Glazer family.

    “However, I think all football fans should unite today behind what Manchester United fans have done because honestly, what they [the owners] did two weeks ago was really dangerous for English football, we must not forget that.

    “They tried to create a famine two weeks ago in English football, in Dutch football, in German football, in French football, all over Europe. 

    “Those 15 clubs would have walked away from their leagues with their money and basically destroyed the ethos of the pyramid of relegation and promotion in English football, so that’s number one.”

  • William Pugh

    CROSSED THE LINE – EXCLUSIVE

    By Sarah Ridley and Daniel Hammond

    A protester who ran across the Old Trafford pitch with a Manchester United corner flag was later filmed sniffing a suspicious white powder off it.

    In scenes that will do nothing for his cause, he was shown outside the ground emptying the substance on the bottom of the pole. After appearing to snort it, he holds up the flag — bearing the club’s crest — and shouts “United” while laughing into the camera.

    The video was shared on Snapchat with a laughing emoji and a caption reading: “Striped off the flag.”

    Sunday’s demo saw 1,000 fans gather outside the stadium to protest at the club owners, the US-based Glazer family, in the wake of the failed European Super League proposals.

    Around 100 stormed the pitch. Others massed at the hotel where United players were staying. The match against Liverpool was postponed. Police said six officers were hurt, including one who suffered a fractured eye socket and another whose face was slashed.

  • William Pugh

    SHEARER SLAMS PROTESTERS

    Alan Shearer has criticised the protesters at Old Trafford yesterday.

    Discussing the events on Match of the Day, the former Newcastle striker said: “I understand the fans’ frustration and their anger.

    “Totally acceptable because of what has gone on in the last 10 days or two weeks with the European Super League.

    “Football was nearly taken away from us as we known and as we have known it forever. I’m all for protesting but not like that, you can’t protest like that.

    “We’ve seen other fans protesting at other football clubs because they’re not happy but when you get fans breaking into stadiums, hurting police officers, smashing glass to get into hospitality, that’s not the way to do it, it’s not acceptable.”

  • William Pugh

    MAYOR STATEMENT

    Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, has released a statement regarding yesterday’s protest at Old Trafford.

    The statement reads: “I fully understand the long-standing concerns of Manchester United supporters about both the ownership and financing of their club and the wider running of football.

    “These concerns have been building for a long time and it is essential that those running the club and the game listen to them.

    “It is important to make clear that the majority of supporters made their protest peacefully today.

    “However, there is no excuse for the actions of a minority who injured police officers and endangered the safety of others.

    “I send my best wishes to the police officers who have been hurt in the course of their duties this afternoon.”

  • William Pugh

    UNDER ATTACK

    The copper slashed in the face with a bottle during the chaos at a protest by Manchester United fans is 'incredibly lucky' to have not lost sight in his eye, Greater Manchester Police Federation said.

    The police constable, with around 20 years service under his belt, suffered a 'significant' slash wound to his face during Sunday's demonstration at Old Trafford.

    The unidentified officer remains unnamed by the Federation – which represents the force's rank-and-file – but they did confirm he is in "lots of pain" and will need a considerable period off work to recover.

    The largely peaceful protest spilled into incidences of violence, with Greater Manchester Police confirming two officers were injured – explaining one had been 'attacked with a bottle and sustaining a significant slash wound to his face, requiring emergency hospital treatment'.

    The violence was condemned by GMP and the club as 'reckless and dangerous' as some football fans took the demonstration too far.

    Stu Berry, Chairman of the Federation, said: "Our brave colleague went to work yesterday to keep the people of Greater Manchester safe – and he ended up coming under attack. He is incredibly lucky not to have lost the sight in an eye. This is not right."

  • William Pugh

    FANS PUBLISH OPEN LETTER TO JOEL GLAZER

    The Manchester United Supports Trust have published an open letter to United co-owner Joel Glazer.

    In the letter, the trust say: “No-one wants what happened at Old Trafford yesterday to be a regular event.

    “We are football fans and we want to support our team. We don’t want to spend our days off work protesting outside our football ground. 

    “But what happened was the culmination of sixteen years in which your family’s ownership of the club has driven us into debt and decline, and we have felt ever more sidelined and ignored.

    “After sixteen years not one member of the Glazer family has ever had so much as a conversation with us, the club’s Supporters Trust. Yesterday, that frustration reached boiling point.

    “For the vast majority of the thousands of attendees at the protest they made their voice heard peacefully and respectfully. We support the right of fans to protest lawfully and, although we did not personally witness any such acts, of course we do not condone any acts of violence.”

  • William Pugh

    MATCH SET FOR MAY 16?

    The most likely course of action will be that Liverpool’s trip to West Brom, scheduled for May 16, will now be brought forward by four days to May 12, when United are due to be playing Leicester.

    That will allow the rescheduled clash of the north-west giants to be played at Old Trafford on Sunday, May 16.

    Stadiums are allowed to welcome back up to 10,000 fans from May 17.

    Credit: Reuters
  • William Pugh

    WHEN WILL THE MATCH BE PLAYED?

    With United playing in a Europa League semi-final on Thursday, there is little time remaining in the season for the postponed Liverpool game to be played.

    Here is the current schedule…

  • William Pugh

    TOP COP DEFENDS COLLEAGUES

    The former chief constable of Greater Manchester Police has defended the policing at Old Trafford yesterday.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Sir Peter Fahy said: “I am surprised the fans got into the ground.

    “The security of the ground is a matter for the club, their stewards. Clearly they were met with a big crowd. 

    “We have seen from the scenes that quite a number of the people involved had been drinking. 

    “The club only pays for policing in the ground. All these additional costs – more officers, officers brought in from other forces – will fall to taxpayers.

    “Obviously the police themselves could have used more force but the outcome probably would have been more officers injured, fans injured. 

    “Thankfully there weren’t a higher degree of assaults, injuries and disorder.”

  • William Pugh

    OWNING UP

    Wembley chiefs confirmed the FA has begun its formal investigation into the proposed breakaway, demanding answers from all of the Big Six.

    And the Prem agreed, vowing to ensure its rulebook would rule out any possibility of the plotters coming back for a second attempt.Club chiefs will also have to sign an 'Owners' charter' in future.

    A statement read: “The Premier League, supported by The FA, is taking the following actions to protect our game, our clubs and their fans from further disruption and uncertainty:

    “Additional rules and regulation to ensure the principles of the Premier League and open competition are protected A new Owners’ Charter that all club owners will be required to sign up to, committing them to the core principles of the Premier League.

    “Breaches of these rules and the Charter will be subject to significant sanctions. We are enlisting the support of Government to bring in appropriate legislation to protect football’s open pyramid, principles of sporting merit and the integrity of the football community.

    “And we will work with the fan groups, Government, Uefa, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA to defend the integrity and future prospects of English Football.”

    Credit: PA
  • William Pugh

    REDS RESPOND

    Manchester United have released a statement in response to Sunday's fan protests at Old Trafford and refuted the idea supporters were allowed into the stadium by club staff.

    It read: "Following events yesterday, 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, as evidenced by activity at the Lowry Hotel and at the stadium.

    "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.

    "After breaking through barriers and security on the forecourt, some protestors climbed the gates at the end of the Munich tunnel, then forced access to a side door in the stand, before opening an external door that let others through to the concourse area and the pitch.

    "A second breach occurred when a protestor smashed the door of a disability access lift, enabling a group to enter the stand. 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."

  • William Pugh

    FULL FA STATEMENT

    Since we became aware of the European Super League our priority and focus has been on preventing it from happening, both now and in the future.

    Throughout this period, we have been in ongoing discussions with the Government, the Premier League and UEFA. In particular, we have been discussing legislation with Government that would allow us to prevent any similar threat in the future so that we can protect the English football pyramid.

    Last week, we started an official inquiry into the formation of the European Super League and the involvement of the six English clubs.

    We wrote to all of the clubs to formally request all relevant information and evidence regarding their participation. Once we have the required information, we will consider what appropriate steps to take.

    Clearly what happened was unacceptable and could have caused great harm to clubs at every level of English football. The fans have played a vital and impactful role in helping to stop the European Super League from happening, and we understand their frustrations.

    However, we cannot condone the violent and criminal behaviour that took place before the scheduled Manchester United vs Liverpool match, which The FA is now investigating.

  • William Pugh

    IN THE RED – LATEST

    The FA has confirmed it has opened an official investigation into the 'violent and criminal' invasion of Old Trafford. And the Premier league weighed in by slamming the 'minority' of fans whose conduct can 'have no justification'.

    Manchester United’s crunch clash with Liverpool on Sunday was postponed after more than 200 United fans stormed into the stadium and congregated on the pitch. Camera equipment, balls and other items were stolen and wrecked, with some invaders climbing onto the goals and nets.

    And in the FA’s first public statement on the incident, Wembley chiefs attempted to demonstrate how the Old Trafford scenes could destroy much of the positive impact of fan power deployed to see off the European Super League.

    United’s part in the Super League plot appeared to be the straw that broke the camel’s back after more than 15 years of protests against the Glazer family and their ownership of the club.

    An FA spokesperson said: "The fans have played a vital and impactful role in helping to stop the European Super League from happening, and we understand their frustrations.

    “However, we cannot condone the violent and criminal behaviour that took place before the scheduled Manchester United vs Liverpool match, which the FA is now investigating."

  • Thomas Blow

    STONES FRUSTRATED BY PROTEST

    Manchester City defender John Stones was left frustrated by the protest as his side were unable to clinch the Premier League title last night.

    City would have been named champions if United had lost to Liverpool.

    Speaking ahead of City's Champions League match with PSG, Stones said: "It would have been nice [to go in as champions].

    "I found out late last night the game wasn't going ahead, it's out of our control. It's a game we weren't involved in, couldn't play in.

    "From the previous game at Palace we've been solely focused on Tuesday. Having two good days before to prepare it sets up right up for it and see where it takes us.

    "We can't control or look into it too much."

  • Thomas Blow

    NEV-ER IN DOUBT

    Ex-Manchester United defender Gary Neville returned a protester's fist-bump inside Old Trafford yesterday.

    It came as the Red Devils icon called for the Glazer family to do the 'honourable' thing and sell up.

  • Thomas Blow

    DEMO CARNAGE

    Police officers were pelted with bottles by swarming Manchester United fans shouting "f***ing pigs" in shocking new footage from yesterday's protests at Old Trafford.

    Cops were outnumbered by a minority of violent demonstrators at the largely peaceful protest outside the ground, before fans karate kicked their way into Old Trafford.

    Here's the footage…

    Angry Man Utd fans break into Old Trafford and storm pitch in protest against Glazers

  • Thomas Blow

    CHAMP AND CHUMPS

    Commentator Jon Champion was bizarrely cut off while passionately criticising the Glazers' ownership of Manchester United on US telly yesterday.

    Here's the moment Champion was silenced…

  • Thomas Blow

    FAN PUNCHED

    Footage shows a young man being dragged behind a police van by multiple officers during yesterday’s protest outside United’s team hotel, as cops shout at him to “stop resisting”.

    One masked officer appears to punch the 28-year-old a number of times as he is restrained on the pavement, before pushing away people filming.

    He yells at the person recording “get back now” and “do as I say”, before the individual says “I am doing as you say, no need to touch me”.

    Click here to watch the remarkable footage.

  • Thomas Blow

    DOUBLE GLAZING

    United fans misdirected their fury at the Glazers by targeting the wrong American with the same surname.

    Furious Red Devils supporters have been calling for co-chairmen Joel and Avram Glazer to sell their club after 16 years amid the Super League debacle.

    Raging fans protested against the mega rich US family on Sunday with more than 200 storming the Old Trafford pitch and forcing United's game with Liverpool to be postponed.

    And for the 'thousandth time', NFL insider Jay Glazer was forced to remind people on Twitter that he does not own the club and is not related to the Glazer family in question.

  • Thomas Blow

    FANS PRESENT 4-POINT PLAN

    The Manchester United Supporters Trust have also published a four-point plan for moving the club forward.

    Here are their demands:

    1. Willingly and openly engage and promote the government initiated fan-led review of football and use this as an opportunity to rebalance the current ownership structure in the favour of supporters.

    2. Immediately appoint independent directors to the board whose sole purpose is to protect the interest of the club as a football club, not its shareholders.

    3. Work with the Manchester United Supporters Trust and supporters more broadly to put in place a share scheme that is accessible to all and that has shares with the same voting rights as those held by the Glazer family. Should the appetite be there amongst fans then you should welcome, and offer no opposition to, the Glazer Family shareholding being reduced to a minority or indeed being bought out altogether.  

    4. Commit to full consultation with season ticket holders on any significant changes to the future of our club, including the competitions we play in.

    The fans have asked for a response to the plan – "in public and in writing" – by Friday.

    Credit: AP

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