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Manchester United have denied reports that club staff let supporters into Old Trafford during Sunday’s protest, while the club worked with police “to identify those involved in criminal activity”.
United’s game against Liverpool has been postponed after protests outside the team’s hotel and then inside the stadium.
Fans are currently not allowed into Old Trafford due to the coronavirus pandemic, but a number of people have been given access to the ground and then to the pitch.
The protests centered on United owners, the Glazer family, who have long been unpopular and have come under closer scrutiny in recent weeks.
The Glazers were credited with key roles in attempts to launch an unpopular European Super League last month.
United said on Monday they had welcomed “peaceful protesters” but claimed entry into Old Trafford was the result of “criminal damage”, which will now be punished.
“Following yesterday’s events, while many supporters wanted to exercise their right to protest and peacefully express their opinion, some were determined to disrupt the team’s preparation and the match itself, as evidenced by the activity at the Lowry Hotel and at the stadium, “a statement said. Lily.
“Reports in the mainstream and social media that protesters were able to access the stadium and pitch through a door opened by club staff is completely incorrect.
“After passing through the barriers and security on the forecourt, some demonstrators climbed the doors at the end of the Munich tunnel, then forced access to a side door in the stand, before opening an exterior door that allowed passage other people in the lobby and the lobby.
“A second breach occurred when a protester smashed the door of a disabled access elevator, allowing a group to enter the booth.
“The majority of our supporters have condemned and will condemn criminal damage, as well as any violence against club staff, police or other supporters, and it is now becoming a police matter.
“The club has no desire to see peaceful protesters punished, but will work with the police to identify those involved in criminal activity, and will also issue its own sanctions to any subscription holder or identified member, in accordance with the policy. of sanctions published. “
Mike Parrott, editor-in-chief of The United Muppetiers, told Stats Perform News that he condemned the “few minor criminal acts”, before adding: [the protest] went very well.
“Their message is that they want change and they don’t wait any longer.
“It’s been, what, 16 years now that the Glazers have taken over. They have been having protests since before 2010.
“So I feel like the postponement of the game was also in our favor because now everyone is talking about it.
“They got the desired effects and it worked really well, it seems, especially when 99% of that process was a peaceful one.”
Neither United nor the Premier League have yet confirmed a new date for the Liverpool game.