Police Probe Manchester United Fans Protest After Officer Injured
An officer needed emergency medical care following the protest that resulted in the postponement of Manchester United’s Premier League match against Liverpool at Old Trafford.
On Sunday, fans descended on Old Trafford and took to the pitch in a show of support for United’s owners, the Glazer family of New York.
Hundreds of fans made their way into the stadium and chanted, “We want Glazers out!”
Outside the stadium, a large crowd had assembled, and there were clashes with police as they attempted to disperse the crowd, with items being thrown at officers and horses.
According to a Greater Manchester Police release, two officers were wounded, one of whom was “attacked with a bottle and sustained a serious slash wound to his face, requiring emergency medical treatment.”
The “reckless and dangerous” behaviour of supporters involved in violent actions, according to Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson, forced GMP to “remove officers from front-line policing and call in assistance from neighbouring units to keep the disorder from getting worse.”
“Our fans are passionate about Manchester United, and we fully acknowledge the right to free speech and peaceful protest,” United said in a statement.
“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.”
Although the Premier League acknowledged the fans’ “strong feelings,” it denounced “all acts of aggression, criminal harm, and trespass,” especially in light of the Covid-19 violations.
If Manchester City had won the match on Sunday, they would have been crowned Premier League champions.
The Premier League went on to say that the “rearrangement of the fixture” will be announced, “in due course.”
United’s participation in the failed European Super League (ESL) project, which collapsed last month after a backlash from fans, clubs, governments, and governing bodies, has reignited resentment of the Glazers.
United and Liverpool were said to be two of the driving forces behind the initiative, which aimed to ensure top-level European football for 15 founding members every season without the need to qualify on the field.
Last month, United co-chairman Joel Glazer apologized to fans for joining the ESL in a rare public address.
“You made your opposition to the European Super League very clear, and we took notice. We made a mistake, and we want to prove that we can correct it,” he said.