Manchester United Game Postponed As Protests Erupt
protest from Manchester United supporters has postponed a game between Manchester United and Liverpool as fans stormed the Old Trafford stadium.
The ongoing protests are targeting the clubs’ owners, the Glazer family, with fans demanding they sell the club.
The protests come after outrage over Manchester United’s involvement in the European Super League discussions, which would have seen them and five other English Premier League clubs joining the new breakaway league.
Many pundits were critical of the decision to be involved, with former Manchester United player, Gary Neville, saying “it [was] an absolute joke”.
Fans have been unable to attend games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, more than 100 fans entered the stadium with many others protesting outside.
The actions prompted Manchester United to postpone their game with Liverpool.
In a statement, Manchester United said: “Our match against Liverpool has been postponed due to safety and security considerations around the protests today.”
This will cause a restructuring in the fixture as the match will need to take place on a revised date, and it also affects Manchester City from winning the Premier League title as Manchester United losing would have secured City the title.
Over the weekend, English clubs and organisations staged a social media blackout due to online abuse towards players.
On the 24th of April, a Football Association (FA) spokesperson announced on social media that there would be a united social media boycott from the 30th of April to the 3rd of May.
The purpose of the boycott is in response to “ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and many others connected to the game.”
In February, various English soccer organisations wrote an open letter to Facebook and Twitter requesting stronger action against discriminatory and racist comments on their social media platforms.
In other Premier League news, the Kroenke family insists it will not sell Arsenal at any price.
In a statement made by Stan and Josh Kroenke, they said: “We remain 100% committed to Arsenal and are not selling any stake in the club.”
“We have not received any offer and would not entertain any offer,” they said.
This comes after protests Friday as Arsenal fans protested their proposed involvement in the European Super League.
Spotify co-founder, Daniel Ek, expressed interest in purchasing the club and has enrolled retired Arsenal players Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, and Patrick Vieira for assistance.
They will continue with the bid in the hopes of persuading the Kroenkes.