New footage has emerged showing a group of Manchester United fans cleared into Old Trafford – where supporters staged a protest on the pitch which led to the postponement of the game against Liverpool on Sunday.
The video shows protesters entering the field without being challenged. A source at Manchester United said Sky Sports News that the video had been taken some time after the stadium’s first breach – at which point the stewards were urged to take a non-confrontational approach.
Sky Sports News also saw separate footage – which cannot be released for legal reasons – which shows fans forcing entry after climbing a door at the end of the Munich tunnel – before opening another door and allowing the fans to access the hall and the field.
On Monday, the club said reports that protesters entered Old Trafford through a side door opened by club staff on Sunday was “completely incorrect”.
The club also said protesters gained access to Old Trafford by going through barriers and security, before climbing up to the gates and forcing access through a side door. They also say the door of a disabled elevator was broken.
Greater Manchester Police said 12 of their officers have so far been identified as injured, while a man has been charged with throwing fireworks into a street, threatening behavior and obstruction volunteer off the freeway, following the protests at Old Trafford and outside the Lowry Hotel in the city center where United players were staying before the game.
Sunday’s game, originally scheduled to kick off at 4:30 p.m., has been postponed due to the protest against Glazer family ownership, with a new date for the game yet to be announced.
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The Premier League is investigating the events at Old Trafford on Sunday. League rules state that a club hosting a match must provide a safe environment for players and officials.
A commission of inquiry may be set up which would have the power to impose a fine or a point deduction.
FA rules state that a club is responsible for the behavior of its supporters and the governing body of English football can launch a regulatory commission that could impose a fine, suspend a club or close a stadium.
The Premier League is working to find a date for the revamped game, but the situation is complicated as United play a game every midweek until the end of the season.
They play five games over the next 20 days – six of 23 if they reach the Europa League final. The Premier League season is due to end on Sunday 23 May and all matches will start at 4 p.m.
The only slot United have free is on the weekend of May 15-16, but Liverpool are due to play at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday May 16.
One solution could be for West Brom v Liverpool to be moved to Wednesday May 12 so Manchester United v Liverpool can be played on this Sunday.