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Supporters of Manchester United protesting the club’s ownership surged onto the Old Trafford pitch two-plus hours before kickoff of the Red Devils’ match with Liverpool on Sunday (kick off delayed, on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) and hours later the game was postponed.
The match was expected to kickoff on time after initial protests, though reports emerged of protestors blocking the buses at the team hotels and a second group of fans entered the ground and were later ushered out.
Violent scenes were then sparked outside the ground as police pushed protestors back from the stadium, but Manchester United have now issued a statement confirming the game was postponed.
Players are stuck inside their hotel rooms in central Manchester under police guard, and Manchester United, Liverpool and the Premier League will now work together to try and squeeze this game in before the end of the season.
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The first invasion happened just after 9am ET, and some were holding the green-and-gold of Newton Heath in protest of the Glazer family, an uneasy relationship between fans and ownership ratcheted up by United’s inclusion in last week’s failed European Super League plot.
One fan climbed atop a goal, another spit in the 18, and another took a camera tripod and threw it onto the grass in just a few examples of the unrest at Old Trafford prior to the latest edition of a fierce rivalry.
The fans left within minutes, but not before walking toward the Sky Sports set where Roy Keane was preparing to broadcast, while Arlo White narrated the video as NBCSN went split screen between Newcastle – Arsenal and the orchestrated protests.
The match was originally scheduled for an 11:30am ET kickoff and a Liverpool win would have sealed Manchester City’s third Premier League title in four years.
Fans have not been allowed at matches for almost the entirety of this season and there are certainly health concerns on top of the safety concerns caused by the fans.
More to come, including more video and photos from Old Trafford.
Manchester United – Liverpool postponed after fans invade Old Trafford (video) originally appeared on NBCSports.com