'No Justification': Premier League Condemns Fan Behaviour

'No Justification': Premier League Condemns Fan Behaviour Photo: TT
Manchester United fans protest outside the Lowry Hotel where team was staying during a protest against the Glazer family, owners of Manchester United, before their Premier League match against Liverpool at Old Trafford

The Premier League say there is “no justification” for the actions of fans who stormed Old Trafford on Sunday forcing the postponement of Manchester United’s home fixture with Liverpool.

Sunday’s clash could not go ahead due to around 100 fans bypassing beleaguered stewards and breaking through barriers into Old Trafford before they were eventually ushered out of the venue prior to the scheduled kick-off time.

But the trouble continued outside the stadium, where a larger group had gathered, with police called before altercations broke out with one officer injured after a projectile was thrown.

The protests were directed at United’s owners, the Glazer family, who were part of the European Super League proposal which sparked universal outrage including fans.

In a statement confirming the fixture had been postponed, the Premier League said there was no justification for these fans’ behaviour.

“We understand and respect the strength of feeling but condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass, especially given the associated COVID-19 breaches,” the statement said.

“Fans have many channels by which to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification.

“We sympathise with the police and stewards who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should have no place in football.

“The rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course.”

Hosts Manchester United reiterated that sentiment albeit in a more watered down statement amid a tense period for the club.

“Our fans are passionate about Manchester United, and we completely acknowledge the right to free expression and peaceful protest,” the United statement said.

“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.”

Ben somerford
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