A protest by Manchester United followers and the following violence led to their membership’s Premier League sport with Liverpool being postponed and to broad condemnation on Monday.
Man United followers protesting towards the membership’s American homeowners, the Glazer household, stormed into the stadium, which was closed to followers because of COVID restrictions.
A flare was thrown on the broadcasters’ podium as followers ran on to the sector and protesters clashed with police outdoors the bottom.
Greater Manchester Police stated two officers had been injured, one requiring hospital therapy after he was attacked with a bottle and suffered a slash wound to his face.
“Passions are running high in football but there are ways to protest and make your voice heard without hurting or endangering others,” stated Nigel Huddleston, minister for tourism and sport.
“We understand the frustrations, but the violence by a small minority of fans at Old Trafford yesterday was unacceptable.”
The fan protests towards the Glazers, which have taken place since they purchased the membership in 2005, have been reignited since United’s involvement within the try and create a breakaway European Super League.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham expressed help for the goals of the protesters however criticised the violence.
“I fully understand the longstanding concerns of Manchester United supporters about both the ownership and financing of their club and the wider running of football,” he stated.
“It is important to make clear that the majority of supporters made their protest peacefully … however, there is no excuse for the actions of a minority who injured police officers and endangered the safety of others.”