The much-anticipated English Premier League (EPL) clash between Manchester United and Liverpool has been postponed.
The match was slated for today (Sunday, May 2) at 6:30 pm. But it has been put off after angry Manchester United fans stormed the pitch in protest against the Glazer family- the American owners of the club.
Several fans broke into the 74,000-capacity Old Trafford stadium and ran onto the pitch. Some even scaled the goalposts.
United was among the six EPL sides that had joined the controversial European Super League, which left their fans livid. The team later withdrew from the league.
United says the decision to postpone the match was made after discussions between the two clubs, police, the Premier League, and Trafford Council.
The Premier League will now hold discussions with the relevant authorities to come up with 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,” said United in a statement.
On its part, the EPL issued a statement saying “security and safety of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance.” The statement added: “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.”