Manchester United Vs Liverpool game postponed due to anti- Glazer protests
The fixture was scheduled to kick off at 15:30 GMT on Sunday.
Around 200 fans entered the stadium and protested against the Glazer family’s ownership of the club
One of the biggest football fixtures in the world, Manchester United Vs Liverpool was postponed due to fans protest at the Old Trafford. Around 200 fans entered the stadium and protested against the Glazer family’s ownership of the club. The fixture was scheduled to kick off at 15:30 GMT on Sunday.
The protests were majorly due to 2 main reasons. The Glazers were one of the main parties in drafting the European Super League which they later backed out from and apologized to the fans for the same. Fans were against the very idea of it. As per them it would destroy the heritage of the club and would give a few teams in Europe an unfair advantage.
Secondly, the fans believe that United’s owner are more interested in making profit than making the club great again. They want that the club should be made public and fans should have the opportunity to buy shares in the club and have a say in the decisions.
Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) after the protests said:” we have zero trust in the owners. On the back of the indefensible ESL proposals, and an ‘apology’ from the Glazers which we do not accept, we need to give fans a meaningful share in the ownership of United and a meaningful voice in how it is run.”
MUST also added:” The government now needs to act. That has to mean a process which results in fans having the opportunity to buy shares in their club – and, more to the point, no single private shareholder holding a majority ownership of our football clubs which allows them to abuse that ownership. The Government needs to reflect the views of ordinary people who see that now is the time to reclaim the people’s game.”
Police clashes took place outside the stadium and 2 policemen were injured. Stadium was also damaged in these protests. United Muppetiers podcaster Mike Parrott said at Old Trafford before the game “It’s been pandemonium. Breaking cameras, breaking glass and rushing the stadium, all these terrible things are not what Manchester United fans want to be associated with. I don’t think it’s the right thing to do. On one side, that’s how protests work in that you need to send a message, but it’s also not great.”
United released a statement after the whole incident mentioning the following:” 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 United, and 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.”
The fixture will be rescheduled in the coming weeks. Only time will tell if fans will get what they want or not but it’s pretty much clear, that they are not happy with the way the club is making the decisions.