Manchester United fans invade Old Trafford pitch and set off flares
Manchester United fans have invaded the pitch at Old Trafford as the mass protest against the Glazer family’s ownership of the club spilled into chaotic scenes on Sunday, causing the match to be postponed.
Thousands of fans turned up at the stadium several hours before kick-off against fierce rivals Liverpool in the Premier League in order to voice their fury at the club’s ownership, in the wake of the disastrous European Super League project – in which the Glazers played a key role.
Earlier, United’s bus was left stuck outside the Lowry Hotel in Salford after fans blocked the roads around the building, stopping it from departing for Old Trafford. Follow all the latest updates below.
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Vincent Wood2 May 2021 18:56
‘We believe that having a supporters trust is a better way to work and having fans at the centre of that is essential’
Ian Stirling, Vice Chair of the Manchester United Supporters Trust, said the response was “totally understandable”.
“It’s been an eventful couple of weeks, the European Super League laid bare the motivations of these owners. It’s always been an uneasy truce with the united fans and the current ownership and today’s outpouring is totally understandable when you see what has been laid bare by them in term of their motivations. We believe that having a supporters trust is a better way to work and having fans at the centre of that is essential.
Asked if the owners will take notice, he told the BBC “There’s lots of elements to this, the most important element of this is the regulations and legislative change.
“That has to change and that has to be delivered for supporters. We’ve met with Boris Johnson, we’ve met with Keir Starmer, we have cross party support for a change. This is about supporters being able to have a voice. We want change in independent directors being on the board so they don’t just take into account the view of the owners who just want to make a profit to line their own pockets, and they will be there to protect the club.
“We want the club to promote a share scheme so supporters can buy shares. As a supporters trust we owned 18 per cent previously of Manchester United shares and they were compulsory purchase back in back in 2005 when the Glazers took over. That has always hurt United fans, so we want to see movement back towards supporter ownership, The 50 plus one model is preferable to us, we know that’s a journey but we want to see a change in the direction of travel and we believe now is the right time.”
He added that the Glazers had not met with the supporters trust in the wake of the Super League fiasco
Vincent Wood2 May 2021 18:19
Manchester United vs Liverpool called off after pitch invasion at Old Trafford
Vincent Wood2 May 2021 17:58
‘Fans have many channels by which to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification’ – Premier League
Here’s the league’s statement:
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The club added that the match had been postponed ‘due to safety and security concerns:
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Club issue statement, fans respond
Here’s the club response:
And here’s the fan response:
Vincent Wood2 May 2021 17:43
Hotel blockade rolls on as match postponed
Yet to be confirmed what is behind the postponement (pitch condition and Covid regulations were cited as a concern earlier) but fans are continuing to blockade players in the Lowry Hotel:
Vincent Wood2 May 2021 17:39
Match postponed – Reports
Today’s match has been postponed – according to multiple reports.
Vincent Wood2 May 2021 17:37
Buses sit still as time rolls on
Both of the team buses still at the hotel – according to the Manchester Evening News’ Steve Robson – so it looks like we may be waiting a long time yet:
Vincent Wood2 May 2021 17:15
Half an hour on – and no news yet on kick off
It’s now more than half an hour after what should have been kick off, and we’re yet to hear any news on when – or whether – today’s match will go ahead.
There are big consequences both on the pitch and off that will come from a lengthy delay. United will no doubt be forced to reckon with the scale fan anger over their ownership in the wake of the Super League fiasco, while any push back will also delay the potential crowning of Manchester City as Premier League champions were Liverpool to win.
Here’s our main story on the protests:
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