Man United will review their safety after hundreds of fans stormed Old Trafford and took to the field during protests against the Glazer … as it turns out Greater Manchester Police have backed up neighboring troops to restore order
- Both United’s and Controlled Group Solutions’ security firms face questions after hundreds of protesting fans gain access to Old Trafford
- Fans protested against the club’s American owners, the Glazer family
- Part of the crowd broke through entrances to the Munich tunnel
- They were on the field two hours before the game against Liverpool
- Violent clashes between fans and police took place and the game was called off
Manchester United will conduct a security review for Sunday’s protest at Old Trafford, which ended with the postponement of the game against Liverpool.
Fans broke into the ground twice and took to the field, while violent clashes outside between the 1,000-strong demonstration and police left two officers injured.
United and the security company they employ, Controlled Group Solutions, are facing questions about their handling of the situation as up to 10,000 protesters were expected.
Manchester United are reviewing security at Old Trafford after hundreds of protesting fans were able to enter the stadium and field on Sunday.
Questions will be asked about security measures when the stadium was stormed by fans
Fans were able to enter the playing surface undisturbed after gaining access through two separate entrances close to the Munich tunnel.
Greater Manchester Police also seemed unprepared for the escalation after enlisting agents from neighboring forces to quell the violence.
United declined to comment on whether there will be a review, but it is clear the club will investigate what happened and how things got out of hand.
Club sources say the intention was to be non-confrontational, consistent with a peaceful protest, and that installing barricades and more heavily armored police would have only fueled the situation from the start.
Tensions escalated when police moved in to remove the protesters from Old Trafford
Bottles and other projectiles were hurled at the riot officers by the protesting fans
Hundreds of Manchester United fans have stormed the field at Old Trafford in protest against the club’s American owners ahead of Sunday afternoon’s game with Liverpool.
They keep the finger of blame firmly on the minority of troublemakers who caused a Premier League game to be postponed due to a first-time protest.
A statement from United said: ‘Following discussions between the police, the Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, our game against Liverpool has been postponed due to safety and security concerns surrounding the protest.
Discussions will now take place with the Premier League on a revised date for the game.
The crowd that broke the perimeter of Old Trafford gathered in front of the south grandstand, lit smoke flares and sang
The Glazer family, the owners of United, signed the club to the European Super League before turning around 48 hours later amid furious backlash.
‘Our fans are passionate about Manchester United and we fully recognize the right to free speech and peaceful protest.
However, we regret the disruption of the team and the actions that endangered other fans, staff and the police. We thank the police for their support and will assist them in any follow-up investigations. ‘