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Man United footage shows police officer punching protester

Man United footage shows police officer punching protester

Manchester United have issued further official comment on Sunday’s chaotic scenes inside and outside of Old Trafford, as they promise to identify individuals who were responsible for ‘criminal activity’.

Hundreds of Manchester United supporters were involved in furious demonstrations at the home of the multiple-time English champion ahead of Sunday’s (eventually postponed) fixture with arch-rivals Liverpool.

The target of the fans’ ire, the Glazer family, have remained tight-lipped in the wake of the furious protests but the club itself have reacted by saying that while they respect the right of their supporters to peacefully protest, any fans found to have engaged in violent activity will be subject to penalties from both the police and the club itself.

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Following events yesterday, while many fans wanted to exercise their right to protest and express their opinion peacefully, some were intent on disrupting the team’s preparation and the game itself, as evidenced by activity at the Lowry Hotel and at the stadium,” the club announced in a statement posted to its official website.

Reports in mainstream and social media that protesters were able to access the stadium and pitch via a gate opened by club staff are completely incorrect. 

After breaking through barriers and security on the forecourt, some protestors climbed the gates at the end of the Munich tunnel, then forced access to a side door in the stand, before opening an external door that let others through to the concourse area and the pitch.

A second breach occurred when a protestor smashed the door of a disability access lift, enabling a group to enter the stand.”

Hundreds of Manchester United fans were captured on the television broadcast invading the pitch, with numerous other instances of supporters uploading videos of the pitch invasion to social media.

However, there were more serious scenes outside the famous ground. The Manchester United team bus was obstructed from departing at the nearby Lowry Hotel, while there were also significant confrontations and violent scenes with Greater Manchester Police – with three reported to have suffered injuries in the fracas, one suffering a serious facial wound after being struck with a glass bottle. This police offer was rushed to hospital for “emergency treatment“, per reports in the media.

Further video footage released on Monday also shows members of the police force clashing protestors, with one clip appearing to suggest that a fan was punched several times by an officer while being detained by three others.

According to police, the 28-year-old man in the clip was arrested for suspicion of theft from a vehicle and public order offences. Greater Manchester Police’s Professional Standards Branch have announced an investigation into the circumstances of the arrest and the video footage of it.

The club statement continues to say that while the majority of the demonstrations were entirely peaceful, fans identified as having engaged in criminal damage will be subject to prosecution while also receiving punishment from the club.

The majority of our fans have and will condemn criminal damage, along with any violence towards club staff, police or other fans, and these now become a police matter,” the statement added.

The club has no desire to see peaceful protestors punished, but will work with the police to identify those involved in criminal activity, and will also issue its own sanctions to any season ticket holder or member identified, per the published sanctions policy.

Information on the rescheduling of the game and any possible implication on other fixtures will be announced after discussion and agreement with the Premier League.

We remain committed to dialogue and engagement with our fans through the Fans Forum and other appropriate channels.

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Manchester United vs Liverpool officially postponed after Glazers protests at Old Trafford

Manchester United vs Liverpool officially postponed after Glazers protests at Old Trafford
Manchester United were due to face Liverpool at 4.30pm. However, the match has now been called off after supporters stormed Old Trafford. There were chaotic scenes at the Theatre of Dreams earlier today, with Sky Sports pundits left shocked by what unfolded.
Manchester United lock horns with Liverpool looking to boost their chances of finishing second in the Premier League table.

But, before the game at Old Trafford, fans stormed the stadium.

Supporters were protesting over the Glazers’ running of the club, with the Americans under fire in the wake of their failed European Super League plot.

Some made their way onto the turf, with images and clips from social media showing large numbers inside the ground.

The stadium was then placed in lockdown – not for the first time this year.

And it’s now been confirmed the match has been officially postponed.

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A Premier League statement read: “This is a collective decision from the police, both clubs, the Premier League and local authorities.

“The security and safety of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance.

“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.

“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.”

There was a meeting that took place behind the scenes and, with fans also taking to the Lowry Hotel to vent their feelings, it’s been put on hold.

It emerged before the fixture that United were worried about team buses being targeted, while also fearing a rescheduling of the match.

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And United legend Roy Keane believes things are now at a ‘tipping point’, saying: “It’s got to a tipping point now for Man United fans.

“It was peaceful, I think they threw one or two bottles and a couple of flares – I think that was towards Jamie, to be fair, but I think they’ve had enough.

“Enough is enough for these United fans now.

“United have got some of the best fans in the world, huge club, we’ve seen today that it’s come to the end now and enough is enough with the ownership of the club.

“We’ve seen over the past few weeks with the frustration at the Super League, not being able to support the club over the last year, enough is enough now and the United fans obviously want the Glazers out.”

Graeme Souness, however, thinks the protests won’t have an impact.

“I don’t think it will (have an impact),” he said. “The Glazers, since Fergie retired, have given successive managers over a billion pound to spend.

“I think it’s £719million net spend over the eight years. I think it’s born out of United not being top dogs as much as what happened last week, I think that’s another excuse to have a go at them. These are serious, serious business people, I don’t think this will impact on their thoughts. I really don’t.

“We live in a country where you can demonstrate, you can vent your feelings, you’re allowed to do it, but I still don’t see it impacting on the Glazers one little bit.

“If you think you can bring serious pressure to serious business people who live 3,000 miles away, across the Atlantic, that it will drive them to accept a discounted offer for Manchester United, that will not happen.”

Souness also feels the cancellation of the game suggests something has happened they don’t know about.

“I hope I’m wrong, it’s a big decision to call the game off, but it would suggest that something went on that we don’t know about,” he said.

“If you’ve come out today to achieve something that will be seen throughout the world, then they’ve achieved that and more with the game being postponed.

“But for the Police to say that it isn’t safe, then it would suggest that something has happened that we don’t know about.”

The Glazers apologised for their ESL actions, while Ed Woodward also addressed supporters on a fans forum meeting earlier in the week.

Woodward also said sorry, saying: “It’s clear we did not do enough of that (listening) before the Super League decision. Today is our first step towards putting that right.

“You will all have read Joel’s open letter to fans last week apologising for the Super League decision and I would like to add my personal apology to this Forum.

“I know that you will feel angry and let down by the lack of consultation and by the way the proposal failed to recognise the vital principle of open competition. Proper discussion would have helped us avoid the mistake we made.

“We fully accept that there were fundamental elements which were badly misjudged.

“We failed to give enough weight to the essential principles and traditions of sporting merit which are so vital to football not just in domestic competition but in European competition since the mid-1950s.

“We want to restate our commitment to those traditions. I can assure you that we have learned our lesson from the events of the past week and we do not seek any revival of the Super League plans.

“We will now continue working with the rest of the football community to address the long-term challenges facing the game.

“But I can assure you that we will be doing that with great sensitivity to the opinions that you and other fans have expressed in recent days.

“We will be listening closely to your feedback today, and we’ll be taking it away for consideration as we review how we can engage more effectively with you in future. Our fans are what makes Manchester United so great, and they should always be at the heart of this club.”

Solskjaer previously pleaded for fans to be peaceful with their protests.

“It’s important that the fans’ views are listened to and we communicate better,” he said.

“My job is to focus on the football side and that we have the best possible team.

“As I’ve said before I’ve been backed, I’ve had great support from the club and the owners and I’m sure I will get the backing again to go one step further.

“But I’m so happy all the clubs have agreed that this shouldn’t be the way of moving forward.

“Then again, when the protests are on, it’s important they go in a good fashion and that we keep it peaceful.”

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plea to Man Utd fans as Old Trafford protest planned pre-Liverpool

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plea to Man Utd fans as Old Trafford protest planned pre-Liverpool

Supporters groups are hopeful thousands will turn up to make their feelings known about the owners at 2pm following their botched breakaway attempt with the European Super League.

There have even been suggestions that United and Liverpool fans will come together in unison and even look to block the team busses entering the stadium.

There is expected to be an increased police presence outside the ground as United fans speak out against the failed Super League and also the club’s owners, the Glazer family.

And while Solskjaer insisted the fans have a right to be heard, he made clear his hopes that the protest will pass off without incident.

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“It’s important that the fans’ views are listened to and we communicate better,” said the United boss.

“But I’m so happy all the clubs have agreed that this shouldn’t be the way of moving forward,” said the United manager.

“When the protests are on, it’s important they go in a good fashion and that we keep it peaceful.”

Solskjaer talked to a small group of anti-Glazer fans who breached security at the club’s Carrington training complex last week.

During a five-minute conversation he assured them that the current owners had the best interests of the club at heart insisting Joel Glazer “loves the club”.

Those words have cut little ice with supporters groups who plan to assemble at the ground two-and-a-half hours before the Liverpool match kicks off.

The Manchester United Supporters Trust issued a statement yesterday accusing the Glazers of riding roughshod over fans concerns about the Super League project.

Speaking to a fans’ forum on Friday the outgoing vice-chairman added a personal apology for what was a bad misjudgement by the United board.

But he assured them the plans for a breakaway structure were dead in the water as far as the current ownership were concerned.

“I know you will feel angry and let down by the lack of consultation,” said Woodward.

“As Joel Glazer said last week we failed to give enough weight to the essential principles and traditions of sporting merit which are so vital to football.

“We want to restate our commitment to those traditions. I can assure you that we have learned our lesson from the events of the past week and we do not seek any revival of the Super League plans.”

Woodward announced his resignation in the aftermath of the failed project and intends to step down at the end of the year.

WATCH: Furious Manchester United fans burn US flag outside Old Trafford in protest against Glazers

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WATCH: Furious Manchester United fans burn US flag outside Old Trafford in protest against Glazers

A demonstration outside Old Trafford protesting Man Utd’s ownership by the US-based Glazer family in the wake of the ill-fated Super League plans has led to at least one United States flag being burned outside the famous stadium.

Man Utd were among the so-called ‘dirty dozen’ of European clubs who were signatories to the hugely unpopular Super League plans when it was initially announced last weekend but today, with the those plans now lying in ashes, a section of angry Red Devils fans took out their fury at the club’s ownership – by settling alight the Stars and Stripes.

More than a thousand fans gathered outside the home the 20-time English champions to have their voices heard not just about the Super League plans, which prompted a tail-between-their-legs concession by the club’s bosses, but also the Glazer’s longstanding ownership of the team which has hit new heights of unpopularity in the past few days.

Fans could be heard chanting “Glazers out” at the demonstration, while also wearing scarves emblazoned with a similar message. Smoke bombs were also said to have been set off during the protests on Saturday afternoon.

Footage making its way to social media also appeared to show fans burning an American flag outside the stadium in the starkest signal to the club’s ownership yet that they have lost any remaining support amongst the fanbase that they may have previously enjoyed.

All of the consequences of the debt-ridden Glazer ownership of the club have come home to roost in the last week, with the disgraceful plans to walk away from our roots in English football and walk away from our history and tradition in the European Cup,” read a statement distributed by the organizers of the demonstration.

The disgraceful plan was a direct consequence of an ownership structure which is all about money and nothing about supporters.

United fans demand change. We demand the German model requiring fans own 50% +1 of the club. We demand that the Glazers begin the process to make this happen with immediate effect.

The last week has shown them the future they dreamed of for Manchester United is not possible and is never going to happen. There will never be a better time to hand majority ownership to the only people who have the long-term interests of the club at heart – the United fans.

We call on all United fans to come together on the forecourt at 2pm, before the Liverpool game, to collectively make this point in a way the Glazers, and the rest of the world, cannot ignore.”

However, the protests – and in particular the flag-burning element – wasn’t met with unanimous consent from fans online.

This perhaps is getting out of control,” said one supporter. “Burning a national flag can be serious.”

Another described the act as “trashy behavior“, adding that “regular Americans have nothing to do with the Glazer family.”

Whatever the reaction, it is clear that the fanbase of the most traditionally successful club in English football has rarely been quite as vocal in their dissatisfaction with the direction the club’s owners are taking them – and one wonders if, sooner or later, the furious fans will get their wish.

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Man Utd chief John Murtough safe at Old Trafford after Ed Woodward exit – EXCLUSIVE

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Yet Express Sport understands that isn’t the case and that he’ll instead be staying at Old Trafford, poised to play a vital role in future ongoings at the club.

His biggest responsibility is helping United across all levels, and with recruitment in particular.

Signings have been mixed, to say the least, since Woodward rocked up as David Gill’s successor back in the summer of 2013.

There have been hits, ranging from Bruno Fernandes to Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

But there have also been too many misses for the club’s liking, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and Bastian Schweinsteiger all flopping.

United have several transfer targets in mind for the summer.

Erling Haaland is their main goal, with the Borussia Dortmund striker seen as a potential replacement for Cavani.

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Manchester United could reportedly face competition from Paris Saint-Germain for the signing of Dortmund star Jadon Sancho this summer.

The 21-year-old winger was pursued by United last summer, but in the end they could not tempt Dortmund to lower their £110m valuation of the England international.

Talk of Sancho’s future has largely been overshadowed by his teammate Erling Haaland[1] in recent months, who is attracting the attention of a number of elite clubs all around Europe.

United are one of the potential destinations that have been touted for Haaland, but according to The Athletic[2] they are wary of getting into another drawn out transfer saga, and see Sancho as a more realistic option.

Jadon Sancho is still believed to be high up on Manchester United's wish-list
Jadon Sancho is still believed to be high up on Manchester United’s wish-list

However, PSG are also closely monitoring his situation, and could well make a move if Kylian Mbappe refuses to sign a new contract at Parc des Princes.

But Sancho’s preference is believed to be a move to the Premier League[3], and this could well be the summer he finally gets his dream move.

He is known to have a close friendship with the likes of Marcus Rashford, and has discussed a return to England while away on international duty with the Three Lions.

Dortmund are likely to be much more willing to let the player go this time around, especially if it allows them to hold onto Haaland for one more year.

United are wary of another drawn out transfer saga for Erling Haaland
United are wary of another drawn out transfer saga for Erling Haaland

And a bid in the region of £80m-90m for Sancho could tempt them to reluctantly sell up, with his contract set to expire in 2023.

In the meantime, Sancho is facing a race against time to return to fitness before his side’s Champions League quarter-final second leg clash against Manchester City[4] on Wednesday.

He has recently been missing with a muscle injury, but returned to training on Sunday, and still has an outside chance of making the match.

References

  1. ^ Erling Haaland (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ The Athletic (theathletic.com)
  3. ^ Premier League (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ Manchester City (www.mirror.co.uk)

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