The Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool has been postponed after fans broke into Old Trafford stadium and stormed the pitch to stage a protest against the club’s owners.
Thousands of supporters had gathered outside, to demonstrate ahead of Liverpool’s visit this afternoon following the club’s failed attempt to join the controversial European Super League.
Several hundred then broke down barriers, went into the stadium and ran onto the pitch – with some even climbing the goalposts.
“Get out of our club,” fans chanted as flares were set off. “We want Glazers out.”
The match has now been abandoned.
Earlier, fans were also seen letting off more flares and blocking the entrance to the team’s hotel in Manchester.
They are demanding change at the top of the club which has been in control of the Glazer family since 2005.
The family, who also own the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have declined to engage with fans since gaining control in a leveraged takeover that loaded debt onto the club.
The anti-Glazer movement has gained huge momentum in recent weeks following their failed attempt in April to form part of a breakaway Super League. Fans are calling for them to relinquish control.
Just days after the in-out debacle, Manchester United co-chairman, Joel Glazer, “apologised unreservedly” to fans.
He said: “We got it wrong, and we want to show that we can put things right.”
But his words did little to dampen their anger and the first demonstration formed outside Old Trafford.