The English Premier League postponed the Manchester United match and its guest, Liverpool, to a later time, after a number of protesting fans stormed the grounds of Old Trafford.
The start of the match was scheduled for 4:30 local time (6:30 Mecca time), but the arrival of the two teams to the stadium was delayed due to the gathering of fans.
A statement by Manchester United stated that “after talks between the police, the Premier League, Trafford area council and the two clubs; our match against Liverpool has been postponed due to safety and security considerations related to today’s protests.”
“Talks will now be held with the Premier League to fix another date for the match,” he added.
Fans stormed the stadium as part of protests against the American Glazer family, which owns Manchester United, and fans pushed barriers to reach the pitch, ahead of one of the biggest domestic matches this season.
Fans left the stadium after about 10 minutes, without any acts of sabotage or clashes with the security forces.
Protesters raised banners against the Glazers, who bought the club for 790 million pounds ($ 1.1 billion) in 2005, and carried fireworks as they moved, which comes as part of protests that have escalated in recent weeks after the club’s failed attempt to participate in the European Super League last month.
Joel Glazer – who was declared vice president of the European Super League upon the unveiling of the project – apologized to United fans in an open letter after the club withdrew from the new competition.
But the apology was apparently not well received by the club’s fans, who protested outside Old Trafford last week after demonstrations at United’s training headquarters.